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Solo Living and Dating for Expats in Italy

Author: Jason Zhou
Submitted: July 2014

In Italy, generally people are very family oriented; they enjoy having meals together and attending social activities together. This is more common in southern Italy as northern Italy has become industrialised, leading people to live a different lifestyle. It is more common to see people living independently from their families, especially in the larger cities. 

Solo living has become a significant population trend all over the world in the past few decades. This is especially common in large cities or towns in developed countries. Modern work styles and financial independence has enabled people to choose a life style that suits them with the feeling of freedom, independence and peace of mind.     

As an expatriate, you may not have a choice but to live alone in Italy. Italy is famous for its tourism, history, architecture, beautiful scenery and large varieties of shops which will keep you busy as you settle into your new life.  If you enjoy travelling it is only a short trip to many neighbouring European countries, perfect for long weekends or short breaks.

Once you have settled in Italy, you may wish to find new friends or start a new relationship. Dating in Italy can be a very beautiful and romantic experience but as an expatriate, you may face some difficulties. Language and culture differences are common barriers. Therefore, having some basic knowledge of Italian customs and, of course, the language will help a lot. For some tips about dating in Italy this article may be useful: https://www.pimsleurapproach.com/resources/italian/articles/italian-dating-guide/.   

If you struggle to find time to meet new people there are many dating websites providing services for people based in Italy. By searching online you can easily find some of the larger dating websites. For example, this article gives a list of well-known dating websites in Italy: https://www.visahunter.com/articles/the-best-online-dating-sites-in-italy/.

Each dating websites provides a different service to cater for certain interests or needs. Many dating websites will give suggestions based on shared characteristics between you and a potential partner.

Normally, you need to register and create yourself a profile when you use these services. Most sites require payment to use their services but some dating websites do offer free services. Before submitting any personal information, make sure you have fully researched the reliability of the dating website. You may need to subscribe for their services and pay fees according to the length of your subscription.

The online dating scam has becoming a serious problem all over the world. Many fraudsters use these sites to befriend people with the intention of tricking them out of money. You can find some dating tips to avoid such scams by searching online using key words such as ‘dating scam’ or ‘romance scam’. 

If you do find or suspect you are being scammed, you should stop contacting and paying any money to the fraudsters. You can get useful information from the Italy State Force (Polizia di Stato) website here: www.poliziadistato.it . If it’s an emergency, call 112.



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