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.
Years ago my grandmother who was from Massa Santa Lucia, Sicily (Messina) would make a braided bread into a circle about 10" and she would put a egg ( my father would get two eggs) intertwined in the braids. The bread was on the sweet side and tasted great. Is there anybody from that region that would have the recipe for the bread. Thank you in advance if you share the Easter bread recipe. Frankc