This is the view west from Independence Square, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The building to the left is the Public Ledger Building, and the colonial building with the tall tower to the right is Independence Hall, where the U.S. Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776.
The Italian Consulate in Philadelphia is located on the 10th floor of the Public Ledger Building, at 6th and Chestnut Streets (150 South Independence Mall West). The Public Ledger Building was built in 1867. "Public Ledger" was the name of a newspaper in Philadelphia until 1942. [Here is the present (June 2011) Web site of the Italian Consulate General of Philadelphia.]
I visited the consulate on the mornings of 11 February 2005 and 12 January 2007. The photographs on this page are from the second visit. I had expected the consulate to be like an embassy, but I think the Republic of Italy only rents some rooms on the 10th floor of the building. The building also houses the consulates of Chile, Ecuador, and Switzerland; there are several flags flying out front, only one of which is the Italian flag.
Visiting the consulate is like visiting a high security bank once you enter Room 1026 which is quite small: all the officials are on the other side of glass windows: no hand-shaking, no "nice to meet you, please sit down".
My grandfathers Ralph Angelo (Raffaele Angelillo of Sant'Angelo d'Alife, Campania) and John Valente (Giovanni Valente of Gambatesa, Molise) were Italians who became Italian-Americans; I would be an American-Italian, if I emigrated. They were subjects of the Kingdom of Italy and later citizens of the United States of America; I am a citizen of the United States of America and of the Republic of Italy and therefore also of the European Union.
The European Union was founded 25 March 1957 by the Treaties of Rome.