“This morning, the city I call home, and the city my ancestors called home became official sister cities! 100 years ago my family courageously left Foiano Di Val Fortore, Italy to start a new life in South Bethlehem. They helped create and shape the Lehigh Valley I know & love. It turns out this wasn’t the case for just my family but almost all Italians who immigrated from our small town in Italy as they too ended up in Bethlehem to work for Bethlehem Steel. Recently, the Mayor of Foiano noticed this connection between the cities and became interested in learning more about Bethlehem and why so many settled here. After visits, a lot of reconnecting, and a ton of research (they surprised the DelGrosso family with a complete lineage of our ancestors for the last hundreds of years!) October 1st will be celebrated as our sister city day for years to come! Can’t wait to see you next year, Foiano!”, Angie DelGrosso
For those who would like to learn more about Foiano di Val Fortore here is an amazing video.