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.
My 3rd and 4th great-grandfathers died within a week of each other in April 1864 in Boiano. I'm interested in trying to learn more about the causes of their deaths, and was wondering if there may be local newspaper accounts (since the death records don't provide cause of death). Is anyone aware of Italian newspapers being archived online?
There weren't a lot of newspapers around in 1864 and even today there are still people alive who did not go to school beyond Grade 3. Not too many literate people around in 1864 to support a newspaper and the death of a couple of 'contadini'(I'm assuming) wouldn't likely be news.