Ahhhh…Italy. Home to carbs, gelato and lots and lots of men. Tall, dark, and handsome men. And creepy men. And men that confess to loving you a little too fast.

Ladies, I hate to break it to you, but the fantasy of your romantic Italian getaway where you meet the man of your dreams is a little bit far fetched. Now, if we’re all being honest here, we know that every single girl that comes to Italy has this idea in the back of her head of meeting a handsome Italian man to sweep her up on his Vespa and ride off into the sunset or onto an Italian stage, since he’s an Italian Celebrity named Paolo (no…wait, that’s a Lizzie McGuire Movie). And yes, it is hard to resist the coos of “Ciao Bella” as you walk on by. Not to mention, Italian men are famous for being charming and some of the worlds best lovers.

But alas, I present to you, the top ten reasons why dating an Italian man is not all it’s cracked up to be.

10 reasons not to date italian men


1. Your phone might break with their rapid influx of messages

They will call you. And text you. And call you again. At first having a man’s full attention is flattering, but these Stage 10 clingers soon become more like that annoying mosquito you want to swat away.

italian men

Ok Lorenzo, chill your roll. We get it, we’re beautiful

2. And giving an Italian man attention is like inviting a stalker over

now that’s just creepy


3. If their pick up lines aren’t cheesy…they’re just plain weird

4. They will do anything to get your attention

And I mean anything. Grabbing your arm at a bar, following you for blocks, or if you’re like this guy, showing off his high kick. Because what doesn’t make a girl swoon more than a man in Jorts trying to flip on the street at 2 am?


5. Your lack of interest doesn’t bother them a bit

Just as they are aggressive in their approach, they are aggressive in their pursuit. Forget the days of the cold shoulder turning a guy off. Here, it just keeps them going.

Nope. You cannot see me tomorrow. Because we met once in a bar and my friend slipped you my number.


6. All Italian men take American girls on the same “Romantic” date

A walk up to one of the highest points in Florence to overlook the sunset on an early summer evening, *siiiiigh* how romantic. Yeah, it is…until you see a dozen Italian men taking fresh-off-the-plane American girls, all wide-eyed and excited, at the exact same time. I kid you not, at 2 in the afternoon, I witnessed two couples just getting it in the middle of the Piazza, right next to about 100 people taking pictures. It sounds like an Italian fantasy come true, until you realize that you’re the 108th girl they’ve taken to “see” Piazzale Michelangelo…that month.


7. They get attached faster than you can say “Piacere” (nice to meet you)


8. Google Translate makes for an awkward threesome

While the thought of an Italian man cooing sweet nothings in your ear all night is enticing, the language barrier becomes more of an annoyance than anything as the sun rises and you realize you have absolutely no idea what he is saying.

but actually…what is buggy?!


9. Their compliments might make you uncomfortable…

10. If it does work out, you’ll be pressured to never go home

And as wonderful as Italy is, that means giving up your family and friends, for a man that likes to eat your lips (see above).

BONUS** Most likely the home he wants you to stay at belongs to his mom and dad. In fact, if you stay, you get to share his childhood bedroom with them next door. Whoopee! Because you know, 28 year old men still live at home and their moms do their laundry. Have fun with that.



  1. This article is a bit lame – you’re telling people not to date Italian men because you had bad experiences with some men who happened to be Italian. That doesn’t mean all Italians will bombard you with texts or act weird, like you’re saying in your xenophobic article.
    The fact you mentioned the Lizzie McGuire movie shows you know little about Italy in general – Italy and Italians aren’t what anglo saxons show on their movie productions. Many people loathe American movies here because they’re so blatantly dumb and offensive towards a culture that isn’t monolithic and varies greatly from Sicily to Vallée d’Aoste, from Trieste to Cagliari. So talking about “Italians” is dumb already, given that 1. We’re people, not a stereotype & 2. There isn’t a given Italian culture. But you’re not Italian and you surely will never be, so you cannot understand that.

    Maybe you shouldn’t fetishise Italians, you know: we do not live to fulfil foreign people’s dumb fantasies. We’re not some caricature for you to make fun of. And we’d rather avoid arrogant and contemptuous people like you who think it’s okay to chat shit about us.

  2. I can’t say it’s all Italian men but I just came out of a short relationship with one. The first 2-3 weeks I got bombarded texts, photos and phone calls. I didn’t always wanted to answer. All the nice touching sweet words which were flattering but I felt I couldn’t say anything, giving advice or opinions without being judged or making me feel guilty. I couldn’t take it anymore and ended my 2 months relationship, with a bit of regret but his ego and bitterness with the split let me that I did the right thing. The most funny thing is he was 47 and a lawyer by education… That really let you think…

  3. Spot on! I lived over 10 years in Italy and this is exactly how it always went in my experience (literally everyone I ever met expect for two people). I have never been fond of stereotyping so I really hope not all Italian men are like that. But we should also be honest in that this behaviour is not uncommon, even if “not all Italian men are like that”. It is not a rare behaviour if it is culturally apparent from Italian men-mother attachment styles, predominant in dating therapy, and showcased in dating Tv shows…etc

    Having said that, this behaviour makes it impossible for many to consider dating Italians (in that case maybe misjudging the “good ones” too). When you see no chemistry from the beginning and you’re honest about it, many turn it into self-blame or literally bombard you (points 1, 2, 4) and when they see it’s a dead end, it often becomes insults. So to men who act like that: just accept that some people will not like you without needing to justify themselves. It’s part of life and you shouldn’t be that insecure to doubt/need to proove yourself accordingly.

    Now, if someone is like ” I don’t wanna stereotype, and I am gonna suspend any judgement until I know this person better” (cause they’d also allure you with “you can’t judge me se non mi dai la possibilita di farmi conoscere); then may God be on her side when she realised their behaviour is not compatible (it’s worse than a divorce even if she just chatted once with the guy). Even if she clearly was in a “knowing-phase” and did not express any commitment or feeling (point 5), they’d call her hypocrite, a liar…. just based on her changed opinion (cause for them changing your opinion is a sign of bipolarism and not of basing your judgement on gathered information!!). So to men who behave like that: maybe you should just medicate your hurt ego (we all have a hurt ego when rejected) but don’t manipulate women by making them feel guilty. I am saying that cause you would either end up with manipulatble codependent women, or still living in your mum’s basement at 45 (cause such behaviour will limit healthy everyday interactions and not just with the potential partner).

    To all women who had been hurt or even abused by such behaviour (which I was), keep the faith that not all people are the same even if born within the same culture, but also be open to other cultures that are not very distant from your way of doing/thinking and you will have more chances to find your perfect match (now happily married to an English guy 🙂 !).

    Good luck to everyone, including Italian men who recognise themselves in such behaviour!

  4. I’m italian American and this is the most cringeworthy thing I think I have ever read/seen in my entire life. Italians do not all act like that, atleast from what I know. Whoever those italian guys are sound massively immature. Lol, embarrassing.

    • this is special for “foreign girls”..they act normal toward Italian girls. I get the same texts as mentioned in this post but my Italian girlfriends get the normal/nice experience


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