Try to look at "Everybody Loves Raymond" and see the relationship between Ray and his mama and how it affects his wife Deb. In fact no one will change his mind, well except maybe his mama!
Some Italian men are so stubborn that they will not even budge on the meaning of a word if you show them the dictionary definition.
Turns out, my summer love was not as tall, dark, and handsome as I imagined– most days he more closely resembled a bottle of vino or a .
Even my mother was convinced I would come home in three months with an Italian boyfriend in tow.
And the women were glowing – not just from the Mediterranean sun, but from the obvious attention they were getting from the men! I have never seen men dress like this in my entire life. “They will tell you the most incredible stories about themselves.. Just to win your heart and get you into bed.” Indeed, an hour after professing his undying love for me, Mario the dentist tried to hit on my 22-year-old friend.
I began growing more intrigued by the handsome species that seemed so quick to conquer women’s hearts. White jeans, perfectly pressed shirts, crispy pastel blazers, pocket squares… While we generally failed on the Capri dating scene, my girlfriend did manage to have an experience in Napoli with a lovely police officer names Giuseppe. Although we got through that evening’s dramatics, his love for me faded about a day after I left Rome.
And so, I put together my observations, enlisting the help of an Italian girlfriend for some insider insight on what these men are really like. And they smell fantastic, like they all bathed in a tub of Acqua di Gio! Meaning that, from the time they are small children, everything is done by their mothers. Giuseppe could only speak English via Google Translator, yet this did not stop him from hanging out with us twice, taking us out for lunch, and driving us to the airport on our last day. (Since I wasn’t that heartbroken, I still occasionally send him my dental X-rays for second opinion.) 7. I recently witnessed one of my girlfriends get swept off her feet by an Italian guy, resulting in some very entertaining vacation adventures. Her Don Juan happened to be , something my friend found out via Facebook an hour after they had bid arrivederci.
It’s difficult to picture who in God’s name has time for all that pampering and laundering and ironing, until you find out that… My own Italian experience involves a Roman dentist named Mario who lived with his parents until the age of 30, three years after they had purchased him his own apartment. Find me a French man who would do that, and I will find you a monkey that can play Tchaikovsky. She wasn’t even stalking him – he had volunteered his information to “keep in touch”.
A teacher friend of mine got stung with this a number of times Italian men also have an open-minded and friendly approach to dating.
As her chronically single last daughter, I can understand her disappointment when the only thing I brought home from Italy was an extra 5lbs around the hips and a statue of David keychain.
What did I learn of the Italian male variety after spending three months living and working in the Umbrian countryside?
If you have your eyes on an Italian guy you may want to understand that there are going to be some things about him that you will need to know.
In fact, anytime you date a person who is from a different cultural background there are going to be distinct differences.