I found this forum and figured I can pose this question to either Italians, expats, or other travelers to Italy with similar experiences. In August my wife and I went to Italy. We are both Italian-American-my wife Sicilian/Barese and myself of Friulani/Toscano background. We loved Italy, particularly Napoli. On the way back home in Fiumicino airport, the customs agent told me she wanted to search my bag. She took one look at me and maybe my suitcase and asked me if i speak English. I did not speak to her in English first. Why was she so sure I was not italian? Any opinions? Has this happened to others on this forum? I have been told it could be anything from my clothes, to the fact that in August in Rome, most people are not Italians, or even that I have fair skin for Italian(even though I am 100% Italian). Any thoughts would be appreciated.