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.
I figured someone would have replied by now...I'm interested as well... (although I've got 3 or 4 centuries of Italian records to go through before I can find my family's link back to Albania!)
I recognize a few of the surnames in your list. Frate, in particular is a regular that shows up in a lot of the records I've reviewed for the Casalvecchio Di Puglia area....which is where all my Albanian/Italian family came from before settling in Milford, Mass.
What area of Italy did your Albanian ancestors settle in?
My past is all behind me now.
Looking for Andreola, Fino, Simone, Rossacci & Capece primarily from Casalvecchio di Puglia.
most of my surnames are all from ururi,campobasso molise , and i have gone back as far as 1830 into the village they are from. my grand father spoke albanian he also spoke 6 languages . so my guess is he was well educated in italy.