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The 10 Most Ridiculous Pick-Up Lines I Got From Italian Men

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Milan, Italy |
Milan, Italy

Now before we dive into half the reason you all clicked this article to begin with (hi pervs), it’s hard not to laugh at the boldness of the gorgeous, and too-aggressive-for-my-taste, ways of some of the Italian speciMEN of this world.

Disclaimer: I have many Italian male friends who are lovely people, and I hope they don’t read this, but if they do, Hi and tell your friends/neighbors/male compadres that this is both counterproductive and creepy if their goal is to woo a foreigner like me.

And while I kept most of my Facebook friends entertained with a couple statuses here and there with some of these pathetic one-liners, I realized I had compiled enough to not only make an article, but also remind myself that life as a single woman in 2016 is more or less, the worst.

Gloria Atanmo Facebook Status

Now because I try to keep this place semi-PG, semi-my-mother-is-Nigerian-and-doesn’t-think-I’ll-date-until-I’m-married, and semi-one-day-my-future-husband-might-see-this, that means that I can’t include the more obscene, graphic, and detailed commentary I’ve been on the receiving end of.

And if you’re interested in that version, YOU’RE SICK, I’m sorry, but I’m trying to forget those happened, so re-telling them won’t help.

Alright, alright, I’m sure you’re angsty by now, so here it goes. The top 10. Enjoy. And if you’re wondering if any of these lines worked, well, I don’t think I’d be writing about it if it did. 

Florence Cathedral |
Florence, Italy

“I know we just met, but is it okay if I get us a hotel room? I want to kiss you all over.”

All I told him up until this point, was my name and nationality. SIR, HOW DOES THAT TURN YOU ON? 

“I’m the only one in my family that’s not married. But I want to call my mother now and tell her that finally, the wait is over.”

We had a 5-minute conversation prior. I found a nearby bathroom and escaped ASAPtual.

“I’m sorry — you’re just so beautiful. How is it possible that you’re sitting here alone? Can I just touch your hand?”

I told him my “husband” was on his way back soon and then proceeded to act like my hands were glued to my phone and coffee cup.

“So how does this sound — You join me now, I take you out, we have a fancy dinner, maybe you fall in love, and then we go from there.”

Now this guy was actually hot, but his too-perfectly-orchestrated pick-up line involved me getting in his car, which I of course wasn’t going to do. 80 comments on Facebook later, and I slightly questioned my decision, haha. JK. Kinda.

Rome, Italy |
Rome, Italy

I was having problems logging into the wifi at my hostel. The bartender passes by and lets me know that, “the wifi works perfect in my room.”


“Baby, I need your sweet, sweet smile in my life. Please, don’t leave me. I finish work in 2 hours!”

Beforehand, this waiter slipped me his number while serving me my first course. Sir, if I wanted a second course, or dessert rather, I will ask and gladly pay for it — wait, huh?

“You’re too pretty to be working right now. Don’t work too hard.”

Wait, do pretty people have a designated time frame as to when they work? LOL. I wasn’t aware.

I was in a small village trying to blog and the only place with Wi-fi was a bar, so I was there hashing some work out for 7+ hours.

Next thing you know, he places hand-picked flowers next to my seat and tells the bartender my next glass of wine was on him as he sat across the bar and kept an eye on the wine level in my cup.

“You are like sunshine! Please, be my sun!”

I was wearing a bright, yellow shirt that day. Soooo, yeah.


Lol, this was actually cute, because he legitimately stared like he’d just spotted a double rainbow, which, let’s all agree that’s as magical as life gets. 

After several not so subtle attempts to get me to go with him for drinks on the river, I told him repeatedly that I had a boyfriend, so then he switched his proposal to, “…but all I want is a hug — and maybe we can do it somewhere more private.”


A hug in an alley with someone I have no interest in. SIGN ME UP!!!!! #SaidNoWomanEver

Manarola, Cinque Terre |
Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

And while we can poke fun at the aggressiveness of some Italian men, I’d say the winner for the boldest pick-up line goes to a Greek man in Santorini when I was there in 2014.

I was walking down the street and he sees me, stops, makes an audible gasp, then reaches for my hand, intertwines it with his, then flips it back and forth, telling me, “Wooooow. The contrast! It’s so beautiful!”

He then leans down to kiss my hand, but my ninja skills shake it out of his grasp before he’s able to make contact and I proceed to let him know where I draw the line with my middle finger soooo yeah, cool story, Glo.

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre |
Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy

To make matters worse, it’s no secret Italian men, and Europeans in general, are rumored to have a fetish with black women, so navigating the dating scene is basically like drawing a map to Mars. Hashtag, impossible.

I constantly have to ask myself, “do they like ME, or is it my skin color they’re fascinated with?”

It makes me hesitant to take any proposal seriously. But hey, dual-citizenship love is love, and if it were easy to find, all my 20-something year old friends back in America would be married by now. Oh, wait. They are. *sobs uncontrollably and remembers I always have Italy when I need a confidence boost*

So if you’re heading to Italy soon, be prepared to be seen as a walking vagina heavy target by some of God’s greatest gifts to Earth — Italian men.

Any notable pick-up lines in Italy (or anywhere) that you’ve gotten while traveling? Drop them in the comments! I need a laugh!

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  • Leah Shoup

    The most ridiculous pick up line I got was when I was walking into a building and a guy held the door for me. I said “thank you”, he said “no, thank you…for existing”. That was in Santiago, Chile.

  • Ericka Shonta Williams


    A hug in an alley with someone I have no interest in. SIGN ME UP!!!!! #SaidNoWomanEver

    hahaha the best..

  • Wait until you get to Bosnia-Herzegovina…! Zany as can be, I tell ya! Very bold as well..this guy yanked my hand and kissed the length of it while laughing and muttering gibberish at the Mostar station just before the train came to Sarajevo..then on the way out the train, he spotted me and did it again..a lady nearby translated..he was saying “My sweet chocolate” and kissing my hand like he owned it. Then another Bosnian, older guy, on the day we were leaving invited us to join his table, bought us a meal and was asking if we liked his country and that we should stay, thirty minutes before our bus to Zadar came! Then he saw we were leaving and handed over his watch, opened the door to his was crazy but we managed to leave..all this in Bosnian, he spoke not a word of English, and the guy interpreting for him seemed to have limited english as well, so you bet a whole load of sentences were lost in translation..haha..
    Haven’t been to Italy yet..:-)

  • Brenda Gisselle Mejia

    you just made me laugh! I have my own pack of adventure with Italian men all over the world! fortunately, mine havent said such stupid things like yours, but, is funny how “lets meet before my girlfriend arrive” is a common phrase!

  • Kelly Danahy

    Luckily, I didn’t have to deal with any Italian pick-up lines when I was there, but I’m not too surprised. I encountered some pretty aggressive people in Italy, including a store salesman that grabbed my hand, shoved a purse up my arm, and tried to force me to buy it. (Of course, there are plenty of nice people in Italy and elsewhere, but the aggressiveness of some really took me by surprise!)

  • Elizabeth Wilson

    Literally no one prepared me for this when I went to Rome and my first night I spent 3 hours with a GORGEOUS Italian man glued to my side asking why I was so beautiful. Much to my friend’s amusement. Unfortunately my reserved English soul did NOT know how to take it and I sadly had to reject his beautiful face. Sob…

  • JustGoPlaces

    Be smart and don’t marry a Brit. Post Brexit, it doesn’t get you access to Europe. I am SO mad.

  • Thanks for the giggle and the memories. I remember when I was 22 and traveled with a group across Europe. Upon entering each country we learned basic terms: please, thank you, where’s the bathroom, etc. It Italy we also learned “Don’t touch me”

  • Td Humphreys

    omg I was cracking up reading this…and hey, dual citizenship sounds pretty good! 😉 ha!

  • Libryia Jones

    Hahaha! I feel like I need to write a Cuban rebuttal to this…I literally yelled in the street one day “I’m not that damn cute guys, come on!!

  • Stephanie Be

    Hahaha, love this story! It’s such a fun read.

  • HECK YES dual citizenship!!! HAHAHAHA I already married an American. We are both disappointed in each other over that. My attracted demographic is teenagers who think I’m a young college student…and that ship sailed in 2005. Most awkward was a French waitress — and I was with a group of friends that INCLUDED my husband. At least my future is bright as a cougar. LOVE this post, but I do think you should have agreed to hang out with the hot Italian guy, just not in his car (so both a good and bad decision LOL).

  • LOL not sure which one is my favorite – the one where he suggests the wifi in his room or the “private *just* a hug”

  • Leslie @therealuganda

    Sounds like Italian men are in the same league with their Ugandan counterparts. My favourite pickup lines from here are “but, I want to marry you” and “hey, my size…” Haven’t a clue if they actually work!

    Happy travels!

  • Sharon

    Thanks for this hilarious first hand account! I typically travel with my husband so I usually observe this behavior from the sidelines. Occasionally I travel with my 23 yr old daughter and I get a lot of comments about us being sisters which I know is a total line.

  • Susanna Kelly

    These are so ridiculous. I’m literally rolling my eyes are these strangers. I wonder if these ever work….

  • Lisa Martin

    I was killing some time in a hostel, reading a book, when a guy sits down beside me, puts his hand on my leg and goes “I really like your skin. I’ve got a private room, you can kill time in a better way.” I noped right out of that one. Happy to get on the bus out of there!

  • Nicole Wolverton

    Good timing on this! I’m currently planning a travel concentration in Italy (maybe five or six different trips over the next two years), and at least two of the trips are likely to be solo. I’m now forewarned about the perils of traveling alone while female in Italy. Ha!

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  • Hilarious. I must go to Italy!!! uh…because the sceneries in your pics are stunning. 😀

  • MsShaynaT

    I was just in Berlin visiting for about a week and was heading to Amsterdam the following week. As I was walking onto the Metro, a big guy was standing at the top with his arms crossed. I’m thinking he’s just standing, so whatever. As I get to the top, he blocks my way and I try to get around him. He goes, ‘You! I steal your mobile.’ At this point my face is like, ‘huh?’ hahaha.. So I keep walking and he follows me. In my head I’m going, ‘I really don’t want to shank some dude on the U- Bahn. I would not survive a German prison.’ He keeps following me to my train and then finally says, ‘You know what, you have a nice butt. It’s big, but I like it. I show you around Berlin.’ Quite an experience. Other than that one experience I had no issues traveling around Germany. Most people there speak English, but they appreciate when you speak German. Everything is much cheaper than other European cities and they have some nice sites. It’s not Paris, definitely grittier around the edges, but I loved it.

  • Krystal Kelley

    A street merchant in Venice poked my sister in the boob with the rolled up poster he tried to sell her and then said “I like your boobies”.

  • Anna

    LMAOOO!! Too hilarious!!!! I would like to think that there is a 1% chance a woman might fall for some of those lines, lol