As a nation state, Italy has emerged only in 1871. Until then the country was politically divided into a large number of independant cities, provinces and islands. The currently available evidences point out to a dominant Etruscan, Greek and Roman cultural influence on today's Italians.
Anyone or there ancestors on this forum from the village of San Paulo, near Foggia, Italy? My grandfather, Joseph Di Santo, was born there on Dec. 7th, 1915. The original spelling of his name was De Santo but this was changed on Ellis Island to it's present form.
Thanks. MY grandpa came over in 1929. His father had been here for some time and worked to save up enough money to bring the family over. They settled in Burlington NJ (on the east side of town with the other Italians).