Fabrizio Cardinali, 72, does not crave the bright city lights.
Indeed he has no use for electricity and for more than half a century has lived entirely off the grid.
That makes him one of the few people in Europe unconcerned about rising energy costs this winter.
Cardinali occasionally travels short distances to visit friends, take olives to a stone press to make oil, and walks or hitch-hikes to the nearest town to have a coffee with locals or visit the doctor.
“I’ve been living this way for about 51 years and I have never regretted it. For sure, there have been difficulties, but they never made me think that I made the wrong choice or thrown it all away,” he said. “Absolutely not.”
(Photography by Yara Nardi; Reporting by Matteo Berlenga; Writing by Philip Pullella; Photo editing by Kezia Levitas and Marta Montana Gomez; Text editing by Barbara Lewis; Layout by Marta Montana Gomez)