I am Vanessa Santini too! what a surprise to see that there is another person with my name, i suppose also for you... I would like to help you in your Family tree research. I am from Reggio Emilia,Italy. 60 kms far from Bologna in the North. Some time ago I checked my origin and it is possible that our surname come from Tuscany region or Marche.
Actually, I live in New York but only for a short period.