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Agrigento Sister Cities

"Agrigento Welcomes Tampa"
by Vince J. Pardo, Chairman
Tampa-Agrigento Sister Cities Committee

L’Unione Italiana (The Italian Club of Tampa, Inc.) formed the Tampa-Agrigento Sister Cities Committee in 1987. The Committee selected the City of Agrigento as its Italian Sister City, due to it’s being the capital of the Sicilian Province of Agrigento, where approximately 90% of Tampa’s Italian-American trace their roots.

The official affiliation was approved in August 1991, with the signing of international documents by Tampa Mayor Sandy Freedman and Agrigento Sindaco (Mayor) Roberto DiMauro in Tampa, Florida. During the one-week visit, Sindaco DiMauro arrived in Tampa with other Agrigento officials, their families and the Sicilian folkloric dance group Vecchia Gergenti. The visiting delegation met with Tampa and Hillsborough County officials, toured local public utility facilities and were hosted at several functions. The Vecchia Gergenti group conducted several performances in Tampa, each with overwhelming crowds.

In May 1992, Mayor Freedman and a 19-member delegation from Tampa visited Agrigento. Sindaco Leandro Bonaccolta graciously hosted the delegation for 3 days. The delegation visited local museums and temples, exchanged gifts with the Agrigento Council and discussed future economic and cultural exchanges. Several delegations have exchanged visits since that time.

Tampa Mayor Dick Greco is greeted by Sindaco (Mayor) Salvatore Mangione and residents of Alessandria della Rocca, Sicily (1996)

Tampa-Agrigento Chairman Vince J. Pardo, Mayor & Mrs. Dick Greco (Tampa) & Alfonso Belluccia receive gifts from Sindaco (Mayor) Salvatore Mangione of Allessandria della Rocca

For the most recent trip photos click here.

For more information contact:

Vince J. Pardo, Chairman
Tampa-Agrigento Sister Cities Committee
16901 Cedar Bluff Drive
Tampa, Fl 33618
(813) 908-6440
Fax: (813) 908-8869
Email: pardov@aol.com


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