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.
Fernando - I have been looking at you site. I especially like your poem 'Senility'. It is funny how poetry can touch your soul. I don't remember many books I read in school - but I do remember some particularly powerful poems. One that really touched me was by Thomas Hardy - 'I look into my Glass'. It deals with the same theme of growing old.
I will, tomorrow... it's 1.30 in the night.
Strange I write in English or in italian but I NEVER translate one into the other.
But I will translate this one. Trouble is, the sweetness of this poem is in the roman idiom. I Love Thomas Hardy. Have all his books and the book of poems.