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As Italian-Americans, most of us have an understanding that our ethnic background is mixed — you might consider yourself to be half Italian, a quarter German, and a quarter English. In reality, Italy and other nations have their own dynamic histories. Your Italian ancestors may have migrated from France a thousand years ago, or from Turkey three hundred years ago.

The great Italian scientist Antonio Santi Giuseppe Meucci was born in "popolo" San Frediano, part of historic district of Firenze, in the house located in Via Chiara No. 475 (today known as Via de’ Serragli No. 44) in the early hours of April 13, 1808. A day later he was baptized in the Battistero di San Giovanni.