Italian men value family

Laughing Italian couple

No stronger bonds can be found in the world than those between an Italian man and his family. Nowadays it took a whole new level, as many guys choose to live with their parents rather than find their own place in life. Family relations are so vitally important for Italians, that it was estimated that this becomes a reason for divorce: when it comes to choosing between a spouse and parents, italian men always chose the later.

Italy is still the region of Europe which doesn’t want to step back from their traditions that have been forming for years. So while you choose to date an italian man you automatically sign up to valuing his customs the way you value yours. That includes respect to all his family members, sometimes even exaggerated.

If you serve all requirements set by strict and opinionated family members of your partner, you can be lucky to get their blessing for your further relationship and even marriage. What concerns meeting italian man’s parents, you should remember a few things:

  • You will get acquainted very early. Opposite to now widespread western tradition to meet your fiancee’s parents shortly before engagement, italian men prefer to bring their woman into family circle pretty fast. They need to know for sure, you are approved, otherwise a chance for your affair to last is very small;
  • Learn italian traditions beforehand. If you are not sure what to do at italian family dinners or celebrations, ask your guy to make a little excursion over their culture. Try to remember how to behave and what to say, it will help to make a good impression. Good thing to know will be unique traditions that his family has, as these may differ in each household;
  • Find out if they are strongly catholic. Though Italy is now a technologically developed country a lot of people there still remain true to religion, be it the influence of Vatican or just the way they were raised. Discuss with your boyfriend the topic of how catholic traditions influence his family in particular and what is expected from his spouse-to-be from religious point of view.

Mother is the most valued family member

Happy Italian couple enjoying a sunny day

While dating an italian man, apart from just respecting his family and traditions, don’t forget about his mother. Remember that your boyfriend’s mama is not your competitor at any point. If you love italian men, be ready to love their mamas as much.

On one hand it might seem odd. Starting a relationship you always expect the attention of your chosen person to be concentrated on you, while here you are only the second woman in a guy’s life, never the first. Italian guy will consult with his mother about everything and spend hours on the phone when being away. If you were raised in a different culture it is not an easy thing to accept.

But the way to an italian heart is through the love of man’s mother.

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Try to build good relationship not only with your significant other, but with his mama to. Become her friend, always be on her side show respect and pleasure to spend time together - and eventually you’ll end up with a strong ally on your side.

The other benefit italian men get from being close with their mothers is understanding women. If they managed to get along with a woman who raised them, they will find the key to any girl’s heart, as women often have similar desires. And if something goes wrong and he can’t find the way out of the trouble himself, he can always consult a female who has a whole life experience to share.

Passion is the base of italian man’s character

Beautiful Italian couple having pizza

Italian passion and emotions are not a myth. Sometimes it seems that everything they are driven by are their feelings solely. Compared to italians the rest of the people in the world may seem boring and cold, but it’s just that italians are exaggeratedly passionate.

  1. In Italy people like a good conversation. The one they can chat in. Learn to be a good listener who is honestly impressed by every story your companion tells. Each story told by italian is more than just a story, it’s a whole performance with all the gestures and hand movements you can imagine.
  2. Italian men in love are passionate, so they are in anger. If a row happened between you too, don’t be afraid of your partner openly showing your emotions and raising his voice. It’s just the way he’s used to show his feelings and it’s in now way an attempt to offend you. It’s just that the national concept of expressing emotions is very specific, so it takes time to accept it.
  3. As for the others ways italians translate their passion by, it can be jealousy. Italians are famous for their possessiveness, so if you are a fan of open relationship or just not sure you want to spend your whole life with this particular guy, think twice about devoting yourself to this kind of affair. Being jealous can be overwhelming at times, so if your significant other starts judging your friends on the base of their gender, maybe it’s the time of a serious conversation and setting the boundaries.
  4. On the other hand, when seeing a single woman out in the streets, italian guys are not embarrassed to catcall and whistle. They do not try to offend you or be unpleasant. This is a sign of them being impressed by a beautiful woman.

Italian cuisine will be the center of attention

Handsome Italian man and young blonde woman

If you have already impressed your italian date by finding approach to his mom, time to master your cooking skills. Pay special attention to the way of cooking national dishes. If something goes wrong on your kitchen, your mistake will become the centre of attention.

Pizza, pasta and risotto are the three pillars of italian cuisine. 

Perfect your skills in cooking these dishes, remember about digging into traditional recipes - appreciation of traditions is a must on italian cuisine as well as in any other sphere of their life. But don’t limit yourself with this recipes - do your research and find out there is plenty more food italian land can proudly feed you.

As well as perfecting your skills in traditional cooking, develop yourself in the sphere of cookery in general. Diversity on the table is a chance to impress your man with something unusual he has never tried before. Be genuinely interesting in this subject, educate yourself on healthy and unusual food, so that there is always a room for chat at dinner.

Eating out is yet another thing italians love to do. Authentic restaurants can be found in any smallest village, serving a variety of delicious meals. And when you go for a family event, don’t forget to praise the food your boyfriend’s mother cooked - you should always remember that what she cooks is the best thing you can try in the entire world.