(AGI) Philadelphia, Oct 5 - "Ciao Philadelphia" has begun. Itis a month of events organised by the Consulate General inPhiladelphia, led by Andrea Canepari, with major culturalinstitutions and organisations in the Delaware Valley. Theevents focus on the links between Philadelphia and Italy offood, politics and architecture. The region, which is thebirthplace of the United States, boasts one of the largestItalian-American communities, which has contributed greatly toits development. A calendar of more than 60 events includesvisits to the Independence Mall and the Union League toemphasise Italy's contribution to U.S. history, to PhiladelphiaMuseum of Art and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. There willbe tastings, conferences at St. Joseph's University andconcerts, with Verdi's La Traviata, at the Academy of Music.There will be a musical tribute to Italian-American tenor MarioLanza and Frank Sinatra, plus an exhibition of cars by Ferrari,Alfa Romeo and Bugatti from the collection of the SimeoneFoundation Automotive Museum. (AGI). .