we just got back from a two week trip in italy. covering bologna, venice, verona, milan, florence, siena and rome. while we enjoyed the architecture, the scenery, the cultural and detailed artistic efforts of the well known italian arts...i can't say much about some of its people. it's sad...but i do believe there is still lots of transference and lack of respect for asians...Most of the people we interacted with were cordial, some friendly but rare that you find this.It was quite disheartening to see that in this global world, some still have that attitude of western world superiority. I must say..the americans treat their tourists much much better! you may say its the language barrier, but honestly..there are so many ways to communicate and get messages across. one airline ticketing officer actually asked me if i spoke italian (in italian)and insisted that i had answered her yes. as far as i remember, i must've only stared blankly in her face and perhaps blinked my eyes naturally to which she assumed i said yes!