Italy and the United States have a bond that goes back all the way to the beginning of our country. From New World adventurers Amerigo Vespucci and Giovanni da Verrazzano to Tuscan philosopher and agriculturalist Filippo Mazzei, Italy and America have been longtime partners.
Today, we have a robust Italian-American community in the U.S. and a vibrant community of close to 100,000 American residents and students here in our consular district—not to mention over a million American tourists a year. And in the U.S. close to 5,000 Italian students are at our universities and colleges, and 1.2 million Italians visit each year for work or vacation. This shared bond was even clearer when Americans and Italians, along with citizens from all over the world, worked together to help Florence and Tuscany recover from the devastating November 4, 1966 flood.