As with any country, people travel around, settle elsewhere, etc… The Italians have left their mark in the area where I live (Upstate New York).
The city nearest to me is called Rome, and it is next to Verona. And yes, there are some good Italian restaurants in Rome. You also encounter many people here with Italian surnames such as Romano, and Russo, etc… It’s not small, either. Over 33,000 according to the census in 2010.
There is also a city called Rome in Georgia, and one in Indiana. And more, there’s a Rome in Ohio, and a Rome in Delaware, two Rome cities in Wisconsin, one in Illinois, one in Maine, three in Pennsylvania, one in Michigan, Minnesota, and one in Maryland. oh boy! It would be a nice challenge to visit them all.
Did you know… between 1861 and 1985, about 26 people left Italy, and just one out of every four came back. Between 1880 and 1920, four million Italians entered the United States.
Other than the United States, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, and Canada were also popular places for Italians to go and settle.
Italians are a bit everywhere, and many people have had a chance to get to know their culture, even if they never had a chance to visit Italy.