I have visited Italy seven times. My first visit was in 1998 on a whirlwind tour of France and Italy. When I began visiting Italy I was shooting film and carried two camera bodies, one loaded with color film and one with black and white.
My preferred black and white films were Ilfrod products and I used both the Delta line and XP2 , which was a chromogenic film. I liked the surprise that came from developing XP2 because it created color cast variations, thus it did not produce pure black and white images (although it could be processed as black and white).
Of course with the advent of digital technology that has changed. I have scanned some of my favorite black and white film images but there is more to come. I now print the black and whites digitally and am pleased with the way the print. Now I no longer carry two bodies, but I still think and expose differently for images I conceive to be black and white presentations.
I still love the look of black and white and produce images in that genre. The old school hasn't been discarded, only improved on with age and technology.