Italy, in my humble opinion, is one of the most glorious countries in the world. The winding streets and hidden underground wonders of Naples. The iconic rolling hills and olive groves of Tuscany. well, the endless echo of I ignorantly exclaimed to the world (or at least whispered to myself).
The snobbish stares of my fellow tube passengers somehow seemed preferable to...
Don't let misguided tourist experiences fool you, Italy is pretty fabulous for more than just its spectacular scenery.
And indeed, according to 2014 reports in newspaper La Repubblica, more and more young Italians are flocking to London in search of work. There are a multitude of reasons to consider dating a lad or lady of the Italian persuasion right now.
This time I found a blues club down the street from the canal.
When I sat down and saw the menu I knew I had made a mistake but I ordered a drink and an appetizer.
Dating in Italy can be a lot like playing the lottery. You cannot go into a church without your shoulders covered. It’s because people are “rude” it’s just not how they are. When going to someone’s house always, always, ALWAYS bring a gift with you. Don’t use “ciao” unless the other person does first. Don’t eat anything until everyone else starts eating.
You’ll either win a hopeless romantic or a spoiled man-child who could possibly ruin your life with his two-timing and drama. Usually, a Capuccino is only drank in the morning (but I drink it all day cause I wanna). If you’re a dude prepare yourself to be kissed and hugged a lot by other dudes. Buy a pretty scarf and carry it with you all day when you’re site-seeing. A bottle of wine, some chocolates, flowers, something. This never changes if you’re talking with someone older than you.
They are insanely nice to everyone, even one-night-stands. Unless you’re just in it for fun, then totally who cares. HOWEVER, statistics are statistics most likely because there is also a high number of undocumented post-war Albanians who are nuts and involved in illegal shit in Florence that give everyone a bad name.
Italian men have a reputation for being family oriented and for being wonderful lovers. Also, make sure to fill up empty wine or water glasses for other people at your table. When you greet a friend you kiss on the cheek, left first, right second. You just kind of make a kissing sound while you do it. If someone asks you out be weary that they might be doing it just out of the assumption that you’re an easy lay. Here is an interesting article on dating Italian men. Don’t get wasted in public and talk with weird dudes you don’t know no matter where they are from and never go to someone’s apartment or leave a club with anyone.
They’re also famous for being cheaters, liars, and scammers. That “holy shit I’m so excited about life” shit-eating grin that everyone has in the US is not common in Europe. Italians do not use “ciao” for people they don’t know. If you don’t know someone use “salve” to say hello and arrivaderci to say goodbye. Don’t reach across the table, or snap and scream at your waitress. Filling up ONLY your glass when other glasses are empty is not nice. If you plant a big wet one on someone you’ll scare them. However, since I married one, I have to say that there are obviously exceptions to every rule.
Until, of course, I fell in love with an Italian or, to be more precise, a Sicilian (the difference this makes, I will leave up to you).
The perks of attaching oneself to a foreigner soon became clear.
Try, if possible, to at least hang out casually (and non-sexually) a few times before things escalate so he will take the relationship seriously if that’s your goal. This isn’t to say that Albanians are evil rapists because that’s not true and most of them are like the nicest people ever and are hardworking, good people. This absolutely does NOT mean that men from other nationalities are safer.