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Punctuality is obviously appreciated, but it's perfectly normal for Italians to turn up ten to 15 minutes late for a date. Be warned - the turning point is normally when you go to dinner at their parents' house.

Gender roles Generally speaking, there is a more defined division of gender roles in Italy, which could cause problems for the first-time Italian dater.

Generally, most Italians are on point with style and will turn up for a date looking their best. Mamma Photo: Neil Moralee/Flickr Women beware: Italian men are slightly notorious for being mummy's boys – or mammoni.

Obviously it is not true for all men, but generally in Italian culture, the maternal parent continues to look after her sons until they are well into their 30s, much to the fury of their exasperated partners.

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Don't get it wrong in Italy, or you risk sending out the wrong message.

Dutch dates The general convention in Italy is that the guy will pay for your date, so gentlemen should make sure they bring enough money to cover the bill in case she doesn't offer to chip in.