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.
A number of google results indicate that "minga" is Italian slang for a stupid or annoying person. One indicates it is actually from a term for a body part; I am thinking maybe a 7 letter word beginning with a and ending with e perhaps?