Duncanville’s Sister City, Monasterolo di Savigliano in Italy, has dedicated a special corner of its remodeled castle entitled “The Duncanville Tower.” The corner, located in the southeast tower of Il castello di Monasterolo di Savigliano, displays a movie about the City of Duncanville and the history of the Sister City relationship. A grand opening was held in June during Texas Senator Jane Nelson’s visit to Monasterolo di Savigliano.
“It has been a great moment where we remembered the history of the Twin City Relationship and the big friendship between our cities,” said Marco Cavaglià, Mayor of Monasterolo di Savigliano.
In March of this year, Mayor Cavaglià visited Duncanville to reaffirm the partnership and friendship between the two cities. City leaders showcased Duncanville and held a reception at City Hall honoring Mayor Cavaglià and wife.
The history behind the Sister City relationship:
The relationship had its earliest beginnings in 1994 and 1995 through the friendship between Drs. Nancy and Cecil Wood (Dentists in Duncanville at the time) and Mr. Dario Crosetto (a Physicist formerly with the “super collider” and a native of Monasterolo di Savigliano, Italy).
The friendship blossomed into a semi-formal visit to Duncanville in 1997 by a delegation of Italians, including Monasterolo di Savigliano Mayor Antonio Prochietto. Under the leadership of then Mayor Ed Purcell, the City of Duncanville sponsored a reception at City Hall in recognition of the Italian guests.
In 1998, the Duncanville City Council passed a resolution supporting the “twin-city” (Gemelaggio, in Italian) relationship. In July, a delegation of 13 Texans including State Senator Jane Nelson, were led by Mayor Glenn Repp to Monasterolo di Savigliano to participate in a formal ceremony instituting the arrangement. Italian dignitaries attended the celebration.
In September 1999, a delegation of 39 Italians from all walks of life visited the City of Duncanville to formalize the Sister City program. During their stay, they were hosted by local citizens. A formal ratification ceremony was held at City Hall on September 28th with an exchange of documentation and gifts. Local dignitaries, including City Council Members and Staff, Duncanville Independent School Administration Officials, and the Honorary Vice Council of Italy participated. The visitors were treated to tours of local businesses, as well as a visit to the State Capitol, San Antonio, Galveston, and the Houston Space Center. They witnessed the Duncanville ISD homecoming parade as well as a football game.
Exchange visits to Italy and Duncanville continued from 2003 to 2006, where cities such as Venice and Lake Como were toured, and more memories were created.
Since these initial visits, there have been numerous personal exchanges between citizens of both cities while friendly communication continues to this day between families and young people in both communities.
The City hopes to renew visits to Italy in the coming years. Plans include establishing a committee made up of citizens and staff that would facilitate this opportunity to other Duncanville citizens.