Medieval towers, along with castles and palaces, are a common sight in Alba. []

Mayor of Alba, Italy, Medford's sister city, to pay a visit

Mayor Maurizio Marello from Alba, Italy, will be visiting Medford July 4-8. He will be joined by one of his daughters, Eloisa Marello; Anna Chiara Cavallotto, Alba’s

councilwoman for Alba’s Sister Cities; Roberto Giachino, the president of Alba’s City Council; and Pino Dutto, Alba’s first ambassador to Medford (in 1962).

Mayor Marello visited Medford for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Medford Alba Sister Cities Program in 2010. He's coming to learn more about Southern Oregon wine, a common industry shared between the two cities, and to continue strengthening the friendships between the two cities and honor the Sister City Program.

He and his delegation will arrive in Medford on the evening of July 4 and will attend the Red, White and Boom celebration at The Expo as special guests of the Medford chamber. On Thursday, they'll attend the chamber meeting at 3 p.m., then the Medford City Council meeting at 6 p.m. On Friday, the Italian delegation will tour four to five vineyards.

Medford and Alba became sister cities in 1960 under President Dwight Eisenhower's "People to People" program. Every other year, 30 high school students are selected from Medford to visit Alba for three weeks to live with a host family, visit local and Italian tourist attractions and attend high school there. On the off years, 30 high school students from Alba visit Medford for three weeks.

The program offers opportunities to learn the customs and culture of Alba, participate in trips and exchanges, volunteer on a committee or serve as a host family. For more information, visit

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