Some Italian conventional habits for a first date

Some Italian conventional habits for a first date

Italian men are famous for being romantic and they certainly try to give their best at their first date. Every date and every love story is different, but there are certain habits, certain quirks, that seem to be so deeply rooted into the cultural background of people to have become common place. Let's take a look at some of them.

When it comes to the organizing a first date, the man is usually in charge of choosing and booking the restaurant for dinner, as well as paying for it.

This is regarded neither as sexist, nor as a way to claim gender superiority, but simply as a galanteria, an act of manly politeness, quite appreciated by women. According to surveys 91% of Italian men like offering women something to drink or paying for the bill when they go out as a sign of kindness reflecting the idea of the man that takes care of the woman.

Next to this widespread habit there are some other common actions that Italian men usually carry on in order to make their first date special: pick their partner at her house, or  open the car's or the restaurant's door. Be careful though, because there certain things that an Italian woman will never accept, so if you really play the field like an Italian, try not to:

- being late: Italians are famous for never being bang on time, but Italian women hate this bad habit and don't like waiting much, so coming late would not make a good impression;

- talking continuously about themselves: some men are rather egocentric and like being on the spotlight putting always themselves in the first place.

- talking about ex-girlfriends really make Italian women hit the roof because of their Latin temper.

- trying unashamedly to end the date with a sexual intercourse; many Italian women do not like to step up and shoot ahead with the first date, but prefer to get to know the partner better, although, obviously, every woman is different.

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Even a brief glance to the habits Italian men seem to keep on a first date, and to those to avoid to make it successful show how similar, in the end, the game of love is everywhere in the world. Although Italian men do have a special charm indeed and, alas, it cannot be denied!

In any case the secret for a good first date is universal, I think: do not get her or him bored.  If you look like  movie star probably anything would do but if you look like the average person getting entertaining is key. Take him / her for nice walk downtown, out in a country with a convertible car or a motorcycle, a hike , if you can dance..well it is obvious - each of us has his better points.  Don't always talk about how great you are but shut up and listen.  If the conversation gets too dull be unpredictable, having fun it is that matters, if he / she is having fun you probably will get a second date.

Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.

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Sunday, June 10TH, 2012 by Guest

"According to surveys 91% of Italian men like offering women something to drink or paying for the bill when they go out"

Not quite... I'm Italian, and I can assure you that everybody I know has grown quite tired of this habit!