Italian debutant Ian McKinley opened his Test account with a penalty as his side secured victory over Fiji for the first time in four years with a 19-10 triumph.
The Azzurri struggled to turn possession into points after Carlo Canna and Ben Volavola traded penalties inside the opening 20 minutes at the Stadio Angelo Massimino.
The hosts' reward for flooding Fiji's 22 saw Simone Ferrari cross for his maiden Test try on the half-hour mark, with Canna adding the extras.
But Fiji responded on the cusp of half-time through Leone Nakarawa, as Volavola converted to ensure it was evenly poised at 10-10 going into the break.
Two more penalties after the break from Canna's trusty boot handed Italy a six-point lead with an hour played, as Italy closed out the game.
And it was a memorable day for Ireland-born McKinley -- who lost the sight in in his left eye six years ago -- after he came off the bench to make an emotional Test debut for Italy, converting a penalty at the death.