Valentine’s Day is almost upon us and I’m writing this fresh from an offer of marriage. But as with many things in Italy, dating etiquette on the app seemed to be anything but fast.My suitor made his proposal while I was having a coffee on Sunday morning. Once you’ve dismissed all the half-naked selfies with a swift swipe to the left and matched with someone who looks appealing, it takes a little time to move beyond the “Ciao principessa!
You see, after months of dabbling with online dating in Italy, I’ve decided that if love is going to be found here, then it’s more likely to be found in a traditional way.
I must admit that for a split second, I was tempted to accept.
It goes without saying that if you want to date real Italian singles, you must live in Italy and start looking for men in Italy. In Italy, a person means that you are in a relationship with this person (not necessarily a long-term relationship).
On the other hand, very few Italian-American born and raised in the US are 100% Italian or have lived in Italy for a long period of time. In the US and other Anglophone countries, dating is a phase that usually precedes a relationship proper.
Sadly, I even met Americans who became Italian citizens a long time ago and don't speak fluent Italian yet. Also, it is not uncommon to "date" as many people as possible, until you find the one you want to start a relationship with.