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How to Date in Italy
Find out how a typical date usually goes in the Boot
Love and courtship in Italy fascinates people. As home to the original Latin lover (Giacomo Casanova), the country has a reputation for bringing romance to another level. ItaliansRus, in fact, gets lots of questions about falling in love with Italians and dating them.
I have some authority on the subject. My husband is a native Italian, and we dated for four years before we wed in 2008. We've been a couple for nearly a decade now, and much of our dating takes place in Italy. Of course, I have observed the courtship of other native Italians, too.
While it's true that love is held in high regard in the land of the lovers, dating is very similar to what you'd expect from other Western countries, including the United States. There are, however, a few noteworthy differences. Here's what you need to know about dating in Italy:
The man pays…all the time.
This was big news to me, and it took some getting used to. Recently, my American cousin was visiting me in Italy with his family. We went into a little shop to pick up water while we were site seeing, and I tried to pay for our snacks, and the cashier wouldn't take my money. He said, “No, women don't pay if a man is around.” My cousin already had the cash in his hand, ready to pay, but I didn't want him to do it because he was my guest. But I had no choice.
You need to eat…a lot.
Now, this was way too much food for me, even though I'm a good eater and a foodie. But I've gotten my husband to order either a primo or a secondo over the years, which is more reasonable. Every once in a while at family meals, I have to eat it all. It's a cross I have to bear (and don't mind bearing every now and then, especially when the food is as delicious as it is in an Italian home).
The man will probably order.
Be ready for a kiss good night.
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