Worldly Relations: Mediterranean Style
Travel with us to two of Phoenix’s Sister Cities: Catania, Italy and Ramat Gan, Israel.
By Madeline Johnson
In 1972, Phoenix joined the national Sister City movement in an effort to connect culturally and diplomatically with other municipalities around the world. Continue with us on our journey outside our own city limits, as we explore these far-flung locales two at a time in search of home design inspiration with global flair.
Ramat Gan, Israel
Sister City since 2005
Beaming and bustling as Israel’s diamond industry headquarters in the Tel Aviv District, Ramat Gan balances its 21st-century architecture and lifestyle with pristine parks and greenery. In fact, the city’s moniker translates to “garden height.”
Sister City since 2001
Buried by volcanic eruptions and rebuilt 17 times, Catania, Italy, boasts layers of resilient history. Active volcano Mount Etna looms over the coastal town, which was reconstructed, most recently in 1693, using primarily lava stone crafted in rich baroque style.