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In 1898 Luigi Mezzano and his wife Angela left the pretty village of Pieve Ligure with their 4 children for Peru. At that time life was very difficult in Italy, and particularly in this region a large proportion of the young people left mainly for Chile, Peru or Argentina. At that time South America was the land of opportunity which would afford people opportunities that they didnt have at home.

Today Pieve Ligure is a wealthy suburb 11 KM east of Genoa, and thousands of the descendants from these emmigrants are doing the return trip to Europe armed with the European passport they claimed to their blood ties.

Luigi Mezzano's son Domingo was born In Peru in 1900, and now I am living in France with an Italian Passport I got for being his grandson.

Ironic isnt it?

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