Born in Crema, Italy, 1985.
Based in Beijing, People's Republic of China.
I am a freelance photojournalist and documentary filmmaker focusing on social and political issues in the Far East. I collaborate with Getty Images in Beijing where I am registered as a foreign journalist with regular press card. I have an MA in Multimedia and Visual Journalism from The University of Bolton at Beijing Foreign Studies University, China (2017). I have a Master in Management and Industrial Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Italy (2009).
I have reported from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, North Korea.
I speak Italian, English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese.
- Breaking news
- Video capture
- Video editing
Kinmen - The Iron Curtain of China
The tiny island of Kinmen lies only 6km off Mainland China but belongs to Taiwan. It was theatre of a harsh battle at the end of the Chinese Civil War (1949) when the Communists invaded it but were pushed back by the Nationalists. Kinmen and Taiwan remained nationalist and the dream of unifying China was forever crushed.
Due to its strategic location, the small island was later transformed into an off-limits military fortress. Fortifications were built everywhere to prevent a Chinese invasion that never came. After the end of the Cold War, the scars of its incredible past are still everywhere on the island. Kinmen is now trying to build a tourism industry focused on its incredible military past, but the recent freezing in cross-strait relations is harming it again.
China has in fact banned all tours to Taiwan and it's using tourism as a diplomatic weapon to force Taiwan to accept the One China policy, something the new president of Taiwan has not done yet.