Erika, as usual, looks great. In the non-Erika category, the green and aubergine suits caught my attention. Hugo's partner did well with the brown pin (chalk?) stripe, but her odd jacket combo didn't work for me.
mcobinad, you have confirmed my suspicions about a person of color traveling in Italy. I'm sure (hope?) your experience was not truly representative, but it's enough like other things I've heard and read to make me hesitant to visit.
My suggestion is based on my own experience when I started wearing a jacket and tie. I wanted to wear them, but I definitely didn't feel "natural" wearing them. Obviously, Clags can and should do whatever he wants, but his posts made it seem like he didn't want to want to sell the jacket.