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Italy’s country doctor making house calls on horseback

Through vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see and shrouded in fog, the thud of hooves pounding the loose earth grows louder. A man on horseback gallops into view. It could be a scene from a 19th century literary classic, but in the hills of Italy’s northern Piedmont region Roberto Anfosso is just commuting to work. For the last 10 years, the slight 63-year-old doctor, with white hair, glasses and a neat moustache, has been making his house calls to patients on horseback. The rural region of Verduno,…