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Italy Plans a New Consulate in Hartford

November 27, 2017 By Staff
Italy Plans a New Consulate in Hartford

Connecticut has the second highest percentage of Italian-Americans in the U.S.

Hartford has some much-needed good news to celebrate, the Italian ambassador to the U.S. plans to help open an Italian Consulate in Hartford:

In addition to promoting Italian history and culture, the state’s honorary consulate will also provide wide-ranging services for expats living here. Starting next year, the office will be able to issue Italian passports, a service that was previously only available in New York City. It will also help Italian immigrants collect their social security payments from their homeland, a common issue for older Hartford residents, according to Cianfaglione.

Reported by the Hartford Courant, Quintino Cianfaglione last week was sworn in as the honorary consul of Italy in Connecticut, by Armando Varricchio, the Italian ambassador to America.

Connecticut boasts the second highest percentage of Italian-Americans. According to the 2000 census, 18.6 percent of the state’s residents are Italian-American. Italian-Americans are well represented throughout the United States, and Connecticut benefits from more than 500,000 residents who are of Italian descent.

Aside from the numerous local and regional community groups, Italian Americans can learn and interact with their community through organizations like the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) and the Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA). Italian-Americans’ rich history can be seen across Connecticut, from Hartford’s historic “Little Italy” to every corner of the state.

Italian Ambassador Armando Varricchio recent op-ed in the Hartford Courant praised the historic, positive relationship Connecticut has shared with Italy, as an example to both countries:

In many ways, Connecticut represents a perfect example of the excellent ties between the United States and Italy based on shared values and common interests, embedded in a deeply rooted belief in freedom and democracy. This relationship was further reinforced in May during Italy’s presidency of the G7 summit when President Donald Trump went to Rome and Taormina, making Italy the first European country he visited.