I have only been exposed to Italian in small amounts, but I can understand much of it (especially reading) from the Spanish. As I said above, I have lost much of my language ability since I don't use it much and my hearing loss has made it difficult. I discovered an Italian restaurant in a place in Florida named Dunedin quite a number of years ago, and they had an Italian language program taught every Wednesday evening for a number of weeks after which they took the students on a food tour of Italy. It sounded like a wonderful idea for folks with time and money. I wasn't there long enough to take advantage of it though.