So people, I ask what brings you to the Italian shores? Is it the amazing light infantry, naval power, ludicrous wealth? I say yes to all. However, in medmod, youíve got many amazing units like sailors and Italian heavy inf. If you think on it, the old Italianís are OP. Youíve got wicked archers, the Genoese sailors, who are automatically Valour 1. Valour 2 sailors can fight (a bit) also the Italians rock. Available in early, they can whoop some rear end. With the same stats as the CS but better morale, they are brill in early.
I personally, like to build many, many ships from Corsica and Sardinia. Then invade Constantinople with loads of mercs. this nets you a great base and cripples a potential naval rival. After you money goes beyond the roof from trade, your small territories can pack well armed, armoured excellent units, backed up with expensive mercs. They arenít cheap but with so much cash it doesnít matter.
Iíll write more later but got to do some h/w