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.
and his "Ragguagli di Parmasso" (Advertisements from Parnassus)
No I don't read latin, but I understand Spanish and some italian.
I haven't come across any film notes that far back - so you are doing very well. My interest in him stems from the fact that I'm still trying to ascertain whether Boccalini got changed to Bocallini and whether there is any relation.