Obviously it is not true for all men, but generally in Italian culture, the maternal parent continues to look after her sons until they are well into their 30s, much to the fury of their exasperated partners.No ' No' means 'no' in both English and Italian - men, take note. But if you're buying flowers for your Italian girlfriend or boyfriend, they should be given in an odd number, for superstitious reasons.
Look good If you're going on a date with anybody from any nationality you should always put a bit of effort into how you look.Generally, most Italians are on point with style and will turn up for a date looking their best. Mamma Photo: Neil Moralee/Flickr Women beware: Italian men are slightly notorious for being mummy's boys – or mammoni.The negative side of this is that, while you may also be a genius in the kitchen, your Italian partner might kick you out.Dutch dates The general convention in Italy is that the guy will pay for your date, so gentlemen should make sure they bring enough money to cover the bill in case she doesn't offer to chip in.Whereas some women might view their Italian boyfriend's desire to 'protect his woman' a little chauvinistic.
High maintenance Let's just say that it's no coincidence that the word 'diva' is an Italian word.Think carefully before starting a conversation with “three nuns walked into a bar...” Kids In spite of the fact that Italians love kids, they are having fewer children than ever before.But now that the government has introduced a 'baby bonus' to those who reproduce it might not be long before you start to hear the pitter-patter of tiny feet.The informal Italian aperitivo is a great way to get to know your new love interest on a first date, without breaking the bank. You need to conquer an Italian woman, so be prepared to put the hours in and dedicate yourself to some serious romance.Conquer by cooking Italians are frequently excellent cooks, so expect to be cooked for!Italian men are expecting it, so girls can have plenty of fun making them sweat. Foreign women of all ages are going to dig your scooter and want to be taken for a spin on the back of it.