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While there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to affairs of the heart--dating is dating anywhere in the world, a sometimes messy and complicated business that is full of possibilities--there are some general tips that will help men looking to date in Italy.
To many North Americans used to gallant gestures of opened restaurant doors this may seem rude, but once you understand the idea behind the Italian custom you'll see why Italians see it differently.
Historically a man would enter an establishment first to ensure it was safe for his lady, also it was not seen as proper for a woman to walk into a place seemingly by herself.
" A saying which means that one should always find wives and bulls from one's own country!
An American girl giving you her phone number means she is considering going out with you. With an Italian girl, you will work hard just to get her phone number. The fact that she says no the first time doesn’t mean she can’t go out or doesn’t want to. Now, the third time she says no, she means it (and don’t insist). Italian guys take the same amount of time to get ready as American girls.
Of course, it's always best to keep in mind that every relationship, and person, is different, and that each must be approached on a case by case basis.
Be Funny and Intelligent This is pretty much universal.
Similarly, many Italians have different ideas where work is concerned and most don't want to talk about work all the time.
If you find yourself launching into your second work related story stop yourself, that's one work tale too many.
These days many women will reach for their wallet when the bill comes, but you should not even let her see it.
If you really want to impress her have a chat with the waiter when you go to the bathroom and pay the bill before it even reaches the table.