One of the distinct advantages of Italians is there ability to build comb, I normally keep them in two deeps but some are so explosive that I give them three deeps. And keep a close eye on them for adding surplus supers, and start counting the money.
By the same token they will need more food reserves going into winter than NWC’s or Russians because they will keep larger winter clusters. The Italians that come threw the winter are usually the first to give me surplus honey for my area that is usually the first week of July.
The Busy Bee teaches two lessons: One is not to be idle and the other is not to get stung.