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.
Thank you for this and your last translation. I am making progress. I have some help from an Italian who does not know English, and that is a challenge in itself. But together we figure a good bit of it out, and then I depend on this forum for clarification.
As for countryman, what kind of work does this indicate?
Looking for Biagianti, Modesti & Vincenti in Tuscany and Tomaino, Curcio, Mazza, & Rizzo in Calabria