Rehoboth delegation celebrates in Greve


ALBERTO BENCISTA,center, mayor of Greve in Chianti, Italy, and Rehoboth Beach Commissioner Pat Coluzzi, left, cut the ribbon on a garden planted in Greve in Rehoboth's honor

Italians dedicate garden in honor of sister city

By Ryan Mavity

Cape Gazette, May 8, 2012

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Rehoboth Beach now has an Italian garden.

As sister-city Greve in Chanti, Italy, celebrated Verrazzano Day April 17, more than two dozen people from Rehoboth joined the celebration, highlighted by the planting of a garden in Re­hoboth's honor. The garden was planted a few blocks from Greve’s city hall. Ex­plorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, a Greve native, serves as the link between the two cities; Re­hoboth has a statue on the Boardwalk at Olive Avenue com­memorating his exploration of the coast of Delaware.

Commissioner Pat Coluzzi, representing the city as vice mayor, led the group of 28 people from Rehoboth and said the trip also included a visit to the U.S. consulate in nearby Florence, sightseeing and participating in the laying of wreaths at a bridge and statue dedicated to Verraz­zano.

Coluzzi said the dedication ceremony was the most memo­rable part of the trip. She said be­fore the monument at the garden was unveiled, it was covered by the flags of Rehoboth and Greve. 'It was amazing,' she said.

Coluzzi said the trip was made all the better by the hospitality of their Italian brethern.

'The people were wonderful. You couldn't ask for better peo­ple,' she said.

Of course, getting to experi­ence the famous Italian food and wine didn't hurt either.

'You can't get bad food in Italy...or bad wine for that mat­ter,' Coluzzi said.

The trip commemorates the two-year anniversary of the sign­ing of the sister cities agreement between Greve and Rehoboth. The cities have alternated visits during the summer, and Coluzzi said a delegation from Greve will be coming in June 2013 to partici­pate in a garden dedication for Greve. Last year, Greve Mayor Alberto Bencista was presented with a key to the city by Re­hoboth Mayor Sam Cooper as part of his delegation’s three-day visit to Delaware. The sister cities agreement between the two cities, signed in Greve in 2010, is meant to promote tourism and foster cultural, artis­tic and educational exchange.

The marker of the garden in Greve celebrates the sister cities relationship between Greve and Rehoboth.

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