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 your quick responce. I think that she meant the Senese family had power and influence. It was once stated that they fought for the local "king". That if you look far enough back you will find that there are some nobles. This is do to there power and influence.
A cursory check of Senese does not disclose any heraldry nor does the name come up as associated with organized crime. No doubt research may reveal more of both but for the moment there is nothing further to state. =Peter=