In 2003, Lion Franco Ghio, President pro tempore of Lions Club Lucca le Mure, proposed that instead of the club twinning the creation of an Association of Lions Clubs coming from cities still surrounded by ancient walls to promote mutual understanding between the citizens of these “walled cities” and to study their histories and to work together to preserve the walls and to improve the living conditions in these cities.
Lions Club Walled Cities
The first International Congress of Lions from Walled Cities was held on 18/19 June 2004 in Lucca. Besides the host city, five other clubs participated namely Avignon, Carcassone, Mdina, San Marino and Avila. 110 delegates from seven clubs and five different countries participated in the Congress, which was a great success.
The seven clubs are the historical group, which were founder members of the Lions Clubs Citta Murate. At present 57 clubs form part of the Association.