Italian village calls Stamford a sister city from 7,000 miles away

Jan 05, 2017 994

By Elissa Miolene

Two hours southeast of Rome, salve a tiny town nestles in a valley of snow-capped mountains. With a population of 300, Settefrati stretches only two miles from end to end. And despite its location almost 7,000 miles from Stamford, nearly everyone there has an intimate connection to this bustling Connecticut city.

For two periods in the 20th century, after both World Wars I and II, thousands of Italian immigrants entered America through Ellis Island. The wars had left Italy barren — and many thought their only chance of success lay in a seven-day boat ride across the Atlantic through New York City, and finally, to Stamford.

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