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.
It seems that most Italians arriving in England in the late nineteenth century made their living as musicians, including all of my family from Frosinone. Can anyone recommend a cd with the type of music they may have been playing?