This letter, written by the Mayor of Petrella Tifernina is placed on the back of a framed picture of Sante as a child.
The picture has been presented to Matteo at a reception in his honor to commemorate his first visit as a distinguished speaker in the regional capital, Campobasso, 2002. The letter says: “A very special thank, from the Mayor and the City Council, to our fellow citizen Sante Matteo. Yesterday he was an emigrant, today he is a protagonist. ‘…a spread spore of our Italianness.'”