He was the quintessential gent: he held the door open, paid for my food and drink (but not to the point that would get me drunk) and, having brought his guitar, insisted on wrapping the evening up with a serenade on the aptly-named Ponte della Musica.Having recently broken up with a long-term girlfriend, he said he was curious about the dating app. Valentine’s Day is almost upon us and I’m writing this fresh from an offer of marriage. But as with many things in Italy, dating etiquette on the app seemed to be anything but fast.
"Of course, you get your fair share of chancers but there are lots of professional people who genuinely seem to be looking for relationships." But what do Italians make of the online dating world?Or turn into your best friend." Becker mostly gets around Rome by bike, something that seems to have enhanced her chances of getting a date."Somebody actually wrote a letter and stuck it to my bicycle, like a good old-fashioned note scribbled on a torn piece of paper," she tells The Local. But he turned out to be slightly older than I would have preferred." Ribali says Italian men have learnt all their "politeness and charm" from their mothers, and tend to put this to abundant use when they’re attracted to someone they meet first offline. You see, after months of dabbling with online dating in Italy, I’ve decided that if love is going to be found here, then it’s more likely to be found in a traditional way.
I must admit that for a split second, I was tempted to accept. And I said, I’m definitely not going to take 50 and not be happy.