Let's talk about the subject of how easy it is to learn to speak Italian.
Because that's the first question that every prospective Italian language learner asks.
Well, let's get down to the real nitty gritty of linguistics.
Quite frankly, the easiest language to learn for any prospective learner is most likely a language that is historically, genetically, or geographically linked to your native language. This is why for most of the English-speaking world, learning the Frisian dialect of Dutch, or Afrikaans, should be a very easy exercise for most Americans or Englishmen - because of modern English's historical link to these groups of languages.
That being said, it's easy for Romance Language (Italian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese) speakers to learn any language part of their language group, due to both their historical and geographical links.
But don't let perceived notions of difficulty stop you from learning Italian - because you can learn how to speak Italian for as long as you have your motivations done right.
Furthermore, you CAN learn how to speak Italian because a large part of the English vocabulary draws its from Latin - the root of all Romance languages. There's your historical link! Furthermore, learning conversational Italian is just as easy because there are no instances of vowel reduction, hence it is pronounced as you read it.
So yes, you CAN learn how to speak Italian fluently - provided you know what you're going to be dealing with as a learner, and if you are ready to commit to learning it to the best of your abilities.
Let's delve a bit further into the subject, shall we?
Conversational vs. Written Italian
Learning conversastional Italian is the best way to begin - and best practiced with a native speaker. Because Italian is a language that was meant to be heard...the tones, the expressions, the intonation, they all add up to make Italian a truly beautiful language. Hence it is best for beginners to perfect their pronunciation first, as well as their conversation skills, before dealing with what could be a more frustrating topic with written Italian - which revolves around learning the grammar and tenses piece by piece.
Saying Your First Words
Pronunciation is key - always remember this when you begin your journey. You can memorize all the tenses of Italian, but if you can't pronounce it, nor get your message across in the spoken word, then all your learning will be for naught.
Spoken Italian in a Pinch
There are plenty of available online resources and social networks for learning Italian in a pinch - and most especially speaking with native speakers. There's italki, busuu, Sharedlingo, among a lot more sites that seek to connect language learners, teachers, and native speakers all to achieve one common goal. It's all within your hands!