Ask Jeeves Inc. is continuing its European expansion with the acquisition of Excite Italia BV from Tiscali SpA for an undisclosed sum, the Web search engine company announced Friday. Excite Italia operates Excite Europe.

The deal is the logical next step in the company’s European strategy, Ask Jeeves said in a statement. In April, Ask Jeeves launched of a test search engine site for Spain called Ask Jeeves Espa