Italian teens enjoy the American way

Jul 04, 2019 277

BY: Alex Perry

Three teenagers from Italy have been experiencing American life in Suffolk for the past week, and on Tuesday these ladies got a tour of historic downtown. Sara Zecchinello, 18, Linda Massariolo, 19, and Alice Sarri, 17, started at the Suffolk Visitor Center on North Main Street Tuesday morning. They were joined by Sara’s host siblings Kate, 12, and Claire, 14, Moores and guided by Maryanne Persons, a Suffolk Sister Cities International commissioner and board member.

Persons took the teens to the Planters Peanut Center downtown and also the Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum. They drove past the Planters factory, then headed to Sentara Obici Hospital on Godwin Boulevard and the Obici House in North Suffolk. It was important for the group to learn more about Amedeo Obici, the founder of Planters Peanuts and Obici Hospital, and the man who linked Suffolk with the Italian city of Oderzo, the place of his birth.

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