Poggio a Caiano, Italy, is a two-square-mile municipality in the
Italian province of Prato in the Tuscany region. The city has a population of about 10,000. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia user Massimilianogalardi.

Sister cities, brotherly love

Little more than 40 years ago, former Charlottesville mayor Nancy O’Brien received an unexpected letter. Sent from Poggio a Caiano, a tiny, two-square-mile municipality in the Italian province of Prato, the epistle recounted the tale of a very special—and very old—friendship. “We were preparing to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, and […]