As someone who has lived in Italy for three years, I can reassure you on that account. While it might not be the stereotypical image that comes to mind, it is entirely possible for someone like that to be Italian. In my class, three kids were naturally blonde and blue-eyed, one was Chinese-Italian, one had red hair, light skin and freckles, and another two had light brown hair. There were only fourteen people in my class. Some of them had mixed ancestry, others were 'pure' Italian several generations back. Might be somewhat less in other cities, but in Genoa, you also have black people aplenty down by the harbour.
Admittedly, I went to an international school, but I met a lot of people with mixed ancestry who didn't. It's not as rare as you might think.
edited 23rd Mar '13 12:38:20 PM by montmorencey
Complicated - because simple is simply too simple.