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The poets Elizabeth and Robert Browning were famous Italophiles.
I describe them and some of their work on a page dedicated to them.
I've met men from developing nations who thought they were in loving relationships with Italian women, only to find out they were adventures, and never considered serious matches because they were perceived as poor, with poor prospects. Here are some of the data to give you an idea about marriage in Italy.
I'm a woman, so I have much here about what is like for a foreign woman to date in Italy.
But I also have much here about marriage in Italy in general, and anecdotes about foreign men dating in Italy.
And there were the Italian men who asked me why most American women, specifically, moreso than other foreign women, were so naive as to believe all the lies the men told to get the women into bed.
They strongly suspected that most American women were slightly retarded, especially compared to Italian women, who knew better than to believe anything the men said.
Click here to my Petrarch page and perhaps read a few sonnets for inspiration.
Introduction Foreign Women and Deceit Foreign Men Dating in Italy Marriage in Italy, the Data Children in Italy Getting Married in Italy Romance and Big Talk Love Poetry and Other Aphrodisiacs Romance in the Workplace American Women in Italy Porn Warning Romance Novels Set in Italy When in Italy, I used to joke that every Italian man was born with a slip of paper identifying his fidanzata.
Click here to go the Amherst University sonnet page.
This handsome devil is Petrarch who immortalized the object of his desire (Laura) by writing over 300 sonnets to her in the course of his lifetime.
She eventually did catch one, and is living, last I heard, as his wife in Boston.