Christina, Australian

How long have you lived in Italy?
About a year.

One word to sum up the dating experience in Rome?
Draining.

Can you describe the worst date you’ve ever had here?
I had just moved to Rome and got trapped in my apartment when the lock on the door broke with me inside. In my moment of distress I agreed to go on a date with a policeman who helped me get out… although the date was a terrible mix of Italian testosterone and broken English, the officer did program the emergency numbers for the police, ambulance and fire brigade in my phone, which was useful.

And the best date so far?
Best date so far was with an English guy… I’m not sure if that counts.

Do Italians go Dutch or does a gentleman pay for a girl’s meal here?
So far I’ve paid for most of my own meals, even when the guy has invited me on the date.

What is the pick-up line you hear most often in Rome?
I have had quite a few men in thick Roman accents, within 300 metres of landmarks such as the Colosseum, trying to tell me they’re lost and can I give them directions…

Are the Italians more passionate than Anglosaxons or is this just the stereotype?
So so passionate… and so so confusing for Anglosaxon women. It is very easy on a date to get very overwhelmed thinking a guy is way too keen, way too into you, and wanting to move way too fast… only for the guy to completely disappear one week later.

Is the dating culture easier than back home or harder?
That’s a hard question, I think a lot of Italian men play the numbers game, that is they try to convince a large number of women to date them on the chance that one will say yes, they then date as many women as possible at the same time in the hope that one of the dates will progress further. In this way it is easier to get a date in Italy than it is back home, but harder to understand how genuinely interested the guy really is. I compare this to Australian men, who may take a few weeks or months to muster the courage to ask you to dinner…

Your favorite bar/discoteca to flirt in Rome?
I think the summer river bars win, it is the most relaxed bar scene in Rome with everyone enjoying the good weather.

Your favourite restaurant for a dinner date?
I like La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali in Monti. It’s relaxed and the food is great… even if the date ends in disaster at least you know you will eat a good pasta!

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