I have a question and I have not found any clear answers on this so I will ask. I was in Italy (Naples) summer 2009 and overstayed my 90 day tourist visa by 8 days. However I am planning on returning this Christmas to visit my Italian best friend who lives in Naples. When I left the Schengen zone at Naples' Capodichino Airport the immigration officer just put the normal exit stamp in my passport and didn't say anything to me. I know what a normal stamp looks like because I have been to Italy 7 times before. I traveled back to the states via London Gatwick Airport but didn't leave the airport so I didn't have to see an Immigation Officer ( I know that the UK has strict rules about overstayers) Since then I have got a new passport because the old one has expired but I realize that with computers they can look up my previous entries and exits to/from the Schengen Zone. My question is, has anyone overstayed a tourist visa by a relatively short time and returned to Italy ( or any other EU country) without any problems? Do you think they will refuse me entry into Italy? This overstay has me really worried that I will never be able to see my best friend again. I love him so much and not being able to hug him, see him really makes me sad Thank you for your advice and comments in advance.
ps. I have an American Passport