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.
How would one go about finding a family an orphan was placed with? Family name was Davito Gara in Roca Cse. Around 1860..they took in a young boy who later immigrated to the United states. No idea what the boys name was. Family had a son named Luigi Davito Gara with possible father Michel, sister Cristina. Other family members may have been Giovanni and Marietta.