Making Italian friends is a great way to get to know the country like a local, but is dating an Italian such a good idea?
They have a reputation for being passionate - likely to mean constant fights - and unfaithful.
But what about the good points?
Dating an Italian will likely help you see another side of the country, learn the language quicker and explore Italy more intimately with your private guide. That's if you can get their mother's approval.
We've put together The Local's top five reasons to date an Italian - and the top five reasons to avoid them entirely.
IN PICTURES: Five reasons to date an Italian (and five not to)
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If, on the other hand, you’re looking for love in another of The Local’s countries then we have plenty more tips for you.
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The Local Austria: Nine things to know before you date an Austrian
The Local Spain: Do's and don't when dating a Spanish woman and Ten golden rules for snagging a Spanish man
The Local Switzerland: Ten tips for finding true love in Switzerland
The Local Norway: 12 tips on how to snag a Norwegian
The Local Germany: Five reasons you should date a German (and five not to)
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