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.
Hello Peter I am very interested in contacting any GERVINOS in Italy. If there are only 41 I would be willing to write or email whomever I could. I guess I would write down all the information and send it on to them. EGidio my grandfather had fours sisters I am certain they never came to America. I would like to contact any of their offspring. Do you have any suggestions I am willing to spend money in locating any of my relatives. Thanks alot
If you know the town of origin for your grandfathers family then go to www.paginebianche.it and puty in his Gervino surname in the first line and the town origin in the last line and click CERCA for a listing of any Gervino in that town by name,address and telephone number. If you wish to contact all of them then go to the same web page I gave you above but this time in the third line put in the following regions LI, PI,LO,TU,LA,CL and that should cover it. If you csend me your e-mail I can send you some material toi make it easier. There is no expense involved here if you want to conduct this sort of research. I will direct and guide you. Peter