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.
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Hello - Has anyone heard of an old Sicilian custom where a family with an unmarried daughter would hang a sign or some other marker on the outside of their home to signal that a single woman lived there who was looking to get married. A family member has a vague recollection of a story like this relating to 1940s Messina, but I can't find anything like this on the internet.
I'm wondering if it was possibly something more subtle. Maybe a statute or picture of Saint Agatha of Sicily, patron saint of single women? The story goes that someone could tell that a single woman lived there because there was something on the outside of the home.
OnomasticoYesterday : s. Aurelia Today : s. Cosma, s. Damiano Tomorrow : s. Vincenzo de' Paoli