Lucy, Bulgarian

How long have you lived in Italy?
I have been living in Italy for around half a year now.

One word to sum up the dating experience in Rome?
Exquisite!

Can you describe the worst date you’ve ever had here?
I guess the closest to a bad date I’ve had, was when I was in a little restaurant in a very shady area around Termini. I was with an Italian guy that I met through a friend. While we were talking there would constantly be street vendors coming in trying to sell their toys to us, which was obviously very annoying. After the sixth vendor that tried to make us buy a back massager, the guy I was with just freaked out on him. He started yelling, and cursing, and all of the sudden the attention was on us. The dinner didn’t go much better from there…

And the best date so far?
A very charming friend of mine was helping me with carrying groceries back to my apartment and I offered to make him something to eat or drink. His told me that I needed to sit down and he would cook for me. It was so amazing just watching him fly across the kitchen, doing everything with so much passion. I was really impressed because the dinner was delicious, and it turned out to be an amazing unexpected date!

Do Italians go Dutch or does a gentleman pay for a girl’s meal here?
They pay 😉 Chivalry does still exist in Italy.

What is the pick-up line you hear most often in Rome?
Well we have the usual attention-getters such as “Amore mio! Sei bellisima! Principessa!” But the best one is “I forget my English when I look at your beautiful face”(in a cute Italian accent).

Are the Italians more passionate than Anglosaxons or is this just the stereotype?
There is NO DOUBT that Italians are more passionate than Anglo-Saxons. Italians are more passionate then most cultures all over the world. It’s a stereotype that meets your expectations. Whether it’s about love, soccer, food or anything else really, you can expect Italians to put all their heart into expressing their feelings. Every conversation is like a little theatrical spectacle.

Is the dating culture easier than back home or harder?
I think it’s easier here, since people are so much easier to approach. Most Italians are very inviting and friendly, not as snobbish as the majority of people from the States.

Your favourite bar/discoteca to flirt in Rome?
Shari Vari!

Your favourite restaurant for a dinner date?
First choice would definitively be Cacio e Pepe! But if you’re seeking dinner with a view Angelino ai Fori is the place to go. Located on the mesmerizing Via dei Fori Imperiali, it’s right between the Colosseum and the Vittorio Emanuele II monument and it offers the most astonishing view of Rome, especially at night. Very very very charming!

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