Dating Italian Men Guide: Everything You Should Know

Together with men from Spain, Italian men are the epitome for the Latino lover, for that perfect gentleman and even more so – perfect partner.

But how much of this stereotyping is true and how much is it fantasy? We’re going to find out in today’s article, a full guide to men from Italy and especially what to expect from a relationship with one.

In the end, we all heard of Italy’s tremendous beauty: Mediterranean climate, beautiful landscapes and rich culture, great coastline and beaches, yummy food and, most importantly, amazing people.

Today, we’re going to focus on the latter and find out what is it like dating Italian men, as well as tips to get one and make them 100% yours. Let’s get it started!

A near-perfect relationship with Italian men

handsome Italian man

I’ll start by saying that pretty much everything that a romantic woman could want from a relationship can be found in one with an Italian: emotional, passionate, special and unforgettable.

Undoubtedly, the culture and traditions (like the strange habit of keeping water bottles on the streets) are a part of the Italian men’s nature. So the way a relationship with an Italian proceeds is definitely a bit unusual and affected by their cultural habits and traits.

Truth is that is that you can easily make Italian men go crazy about you. If you really want to get the upper hand in making him 100% yours and interested, this guide is the absolute best and the only one you need to read. Check it out and you will see what I mean!

Men from Italy: Character traits & dating guide

I’m going to choose a different path than that with previous men guides I wrote (like the one for Canadian men or my guide to German men, for example) and mix in the details about the amazing personalities of men in Italy with some extra tips related to relationships.

This way, you will learn both what to expect and how to make everything better.

Beautiful personality

Italian men are gorgeous inside and out. Besides their appealing looks, Italians have some otherwise hard to find personality traits.

They’re kind and warm hearted people with a great sense of humor and a legendary hospitality. They are also very enthusiastic and try to enjoy their life at their best.

Worry less, smile more” would describe the best way all this positive energy that they reflect.

Good looking

Italians are known for being one of the most attractive people in the world.
They’re tall, handsome and charming.

If generalized, we can say that they’ve got that slightly darker skin, those brown (or blue maybe) eyes and that well-kept beard that make them desirable to any woman.

And the important thing is that: they’re aware of how irresistible women find them, so they take pride in their appealing looks. They also spend a bit of time caring for themselves and making sure that they’re always looking their best.


stylish Italian man

Physical beauty always catches attention, even more when combined with a good taste and great sense of style. And Italian men have got this in their DNA, it seems.

No matter where you are, you can easily recognize an Italian man by his amazing appearance.

They put an effort on looking at least decently good and they really excel at it.

A good physical shape combined with an attractive hairstyle, and impeccable outfits make Italians definitely some of the most fashionable and impressive men in the world.

Passionate and Quick Tempered

Italian men have a very passionate nature. They’re full of emotions and passionate about everything.

But the way Italian men express their feelings is often criticized by different cultures and seen as a bit dramatic. You know – their high tone and all the hand gestures… people sometimes believe that they’re in a fight when the truth is that this is just the way they are.

Italian men tend to be very impulsive and quick-tempered, that is true. They won’t hesitate to get into any discussion and express their feelings with a loud voice accompanied by hand gestures.

But the good thing is that they calm down just as quickly as they can get mad. They don’t hold grudges generally, so he may be angry at the very moment and in the next 5 minutes showing love and care.

These behaviors affect the relationship as well. Being with a passionate Italian man has its positive side too.

There will be cute fights and conflicts very often, sometimes even for the small things. But the reunion is very sweet since Italian are good at being romantic.

They’ll treat you well and always make you feel special as in the first day. Being emotional is just their national trait.

Italian man hand gesturing

Now, if you’re a hot-blooded woman too – maybe a Colombian or any type of similarly quick-tempered one, there will be sparks, but it’s going to be part of the overall charm.

Plus, as I said already, the fights are always followed by a passionate “let’s forgive each other” moment.

Family over everything

Strong family bonds are another important national trait of Italian men. The importance of the family in their life is huge. They will always value their family, including the extended one.

Men from Italy have a strong link and bong with the female part of the family, specifically with their mothers. They can get very sensitive here, so try to respect her as well. With Italians, don’t expect to be able to crack your best “Yo mama” jokes!

People here also treasure their sisters, but it’s usually the mother whose opinion matters the most.

“You know me better than I do know myself, so your word is the last word”- a common expression between an Italian men and his mother before taking an important decision.

When it comes to dating an Italian man, you may feel like you’re dating his entire family.

They’re always present, so getting along well with them is an advantage for your relationship. If he’s falling for you, he’ll probably want you to meet his mother first.

You’ll be invited to family dinner, events and eventually be a part of it and have the same importance to your Italian man.

Cooking is culture in Italy

To Italians, food isn’t just a food but it’s also an art, an important part of their culture and identity. It’s a part of  their roots and they are really good at cooking.

The strong Italian family bonds perhaps is the reason what makes food important to them. A Sunday dinner table is what unites them and food is what adds pleasure, joy in their conversation.

Yeah, Italy has a rich cuisine but who takes credits for best cooking? In most cases, the mom! Usually the women of the family are responsible for the cooking, but this doesn’t mean that men don’t cook. On the contrary!

It’s true that the stereotypes that all Italian men are good at cooking may not be 100% true. However, they do understand how food should be cooked, what should be added to a dish and what should not.

So if you’re going to date an Italian man, you can expect him to enjoy cooking or at least know enough about it to appreciate your efforts.

close up of pizza Margherita
You can at least learn how to make a delicious pizza… who doesn’t love pizza?

And if you’re not good at cooking either, you better get used to have lunch and dinner at his mama’s very often. Ha!

Italian men don’t marry young

To Italian men, tying the knots takes a lot of responsibility. It’s a commitment. Most of them live with their mama until their 30’s (this also reduces the costs, and it’s pretty smart imho) while they work on their career.

Usually, men in Italy marry after the age of 30, usually in their mid 30s. So before dating an Italian keep in mind that you’ve got to take things slow and forget the early wedding plans if you’re still in your 20s.

Italian men can be very jealous

When Dating an Italian man, in general, you might feel a bit frustrated until you both build trust in your relationship.

When it comes to the woman they love, Italian men tend to be more jealous and possessive than the other cultures. It probably comes from their passionate attitude about everything.

They just want to have your full attention, and probably be the center of your world. They’ll get easily jealous if seeing you with any male friend – and you flirting with them is totally out of the question.

Even going on girl’s night out might make him jealous, but trust me – things will get better with time, as he builds trust.

Flirty but Loyal

Italian men are known for being the best at flirting. It’s something that comes to them naturally.

Fortunately, flirting won’t stop once you start dating. They’ll be showing all their Casanova capabilities with every chance they get.

You’ll be flattered all the time. They’ll be giving you compliments, making romantic comparisons, saying sweet words… In a nutshell, when in love, Italians are the best romantic poets.

They’re not punctual

Women tend to be always late, no matter what country or culture they’re from. But if there’s one man that doesn’t get mad waiting for his partner, that has to be an Italian.

That is because they also are not very punctual and being on time is a bit relative.

Sure, this doesn’t mean that they will always be late or be late for huge amounts of time, but generally, at least a few minutes over the agreed time of meeting can be expected.

9 ways to impress an Italian man

classy Italian man enjoying a glass of wine

Now, let’s check out some tips and tricks that will help you draw his attention and also ensure that you make a good impression.

1. Share a glance: This is all you need to do to get his attention. Just show a bit of interest, and he’ll happily jump in and take charge afterwards, if he’s interested in you too.

2. Play hard to get: Since Italian men love flirting, make sure to keep them entertained by not giving in too fast.

For them, the chase is always challenging and they just love it. If you made it to his mind and heart, they’ll work hard to win you over and you’ll enjoy the process for sure.

3. Speak your mind: Since Italian men are very open minded, energetic and loud, they expect the woman to be confident and express her feelings too.

4. Dress to impress: It doesn’t have to be something flashy or you spending hours and hours on your appearance, as it is the norm with Polish girls, for example.

Just take care of yourself and make an effort to look good because you’re dating a fashionable man, after all, and he’ll be expecting that from you too.

5. Respect his mama: If his mother likes you, how could a mama’s boy not love you?!

So do your best to start on the right foot with his mother and always be her favorite. The good thing is that the mothers are usually friendly and really nice, so don’t expect to have to really go out of your way to please her.

6. Learn to cook his favorite meal: Italian men just love homemade food, but if you manage to ace their favorite dish, you’re getting a TON of extra points.

It’s even better if you ask his mom to teach you some of his favorite recipes – this way, you get to impress two people with one try.

7. Be a laid-back woman: Don’t rush things when dating an Italian man.

They’re free spirits and the least thing they need is pressure. A girl who’s down to earth and ready to chill in all the fun ways is a perfect match for an Italian man, right?

8. Let him know about your feelings: Yes, they are amazing partners, but don’t leave it only for them to show their love and respect for the relationship.

Actually, Italian men really like to be spoiled and shown how much you love them and appreciate them – so take all opportunities you have to do that.

9. Learn some of Italian: Speaking a little bit of Italian or learning some romantic phrases would make him feel valued and definitely will impress him (and the family).

Wrapping up

This would be today’s guide to Italian men and what to expect from a relationship with one.

As you can see, dating an Italian is as close to perfection as it can get. They are passionate people, extremely romantic and great partners overall – also with great natural looks and a love for food and cooking in their DNA. What’s not to love here?

If you have additional insights about men from Italy, don’t hesitate to let us all know by sharing your thoughts in the comments section down below.

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