What are your thoughts on Lovino supposedly having Arabic blood?
Well, anon! I’ve always liked the sound of it since having heard of it from where I believe the concept came from; according to Himaruya himself “South Italy’s hair is colored darker than Italy’s due to having Arabic blood” (x). In addition, it can also be supported culturally and historically!
Islamic rule occurred in Sicily and some parts of Southern Italy from around about the first century (x), and they reached as far as Rome! Whilst they were there, they also built many structures- places of prayer, for example- that still exist to this day! Most of this did occur in Sicily, and even Malta- and whilst you could argue that Sicily is a separate entity to Southern Italy, there is mention that Romano “represent[ed] either kingdom of Sicily and Naples (which later became “The Kingdom Of The Two Sicilies”), which were part of Southern Italy and wound up under the control of Spain.” (x). As Romano was the one who lived with Span in the anime and manga, I would say that it isn’t too drastic of an assumption to make.
It happened a long time ago, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t still have an affect. For example, the Norman and Roman invasions of Britain still have something of an impact, and a similar argument could be made in regards to North Italy and how he once was a part of the Holy Roman Empire; it is said that he “share[s] Germanic blood” (x)