This is a sample from a bunch of hand lettered text from circa 1960. It's a modern/Didone italic, similar to Monotype Modern Italic or Century Italic. However, note the treatment of the ascender serifs, which differs from those two.
I need to more or less match this. I'm looking for a typeface that is close enough that nobody but a typophile would notice. Maybe the hand lettering was directly inspired by some particular font?
Note: There's too much lettering in this project to make me doing it by hand practical, and I'm not really eager to hack an existing font for the project, though I will if I feel I have no other choice.