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.
All Souls is November 1st and a holiday, but November 2nd is All Souls and just about everybody goes to the cemetery that day. A mass is usually said right in the cemetery. Makes a nice long weekend this year and I know several of our relatives will be making the trek back to their town of origin to pay their respects to their deceased loved ones.