"Somebody actually wrote a letter and stuck it to my bicycle, like a good old-fashioned note scribbled on a torn piece of paper," she tells The Local. But he turned out to be slightly older than I would have preferred." Ribali says Italian men have learnt all their "politeness and charm" from their mothers, and tend to put this to abundant use when they’re attracted to someone they meet first offline.Others, however, have grown weary towards being wooed street-style. I first tried Tinder – the no-nonsense app whereby you quickly browse photos and swipe to the right if you like the look of someone and to the left if you don’t – last summer. You see, after months of dabbling with online dating in Italy, I’ve decided that if love is going to be found here, then it’s more likely to be found in a traditional way.We met on a warm evening in June at a stylish bar set in the courtyard of a Rome villa.
"It has become a very useful way for people with busy lives to make new acquaintances,” she tells The Local.
"But when I was in Chicago over New Year’s Eve, I got tons of Tinder matches with attractive women.
When I lived in London, I went out with dozens of girls I met online, some of whom I’m still friends with.
"Of course, you get your fair share of chancers but there are lots of professional people who genuinely seem to be looking for relationships." But what do Italians make of the online dating world?
Alessandro Brunetta, who lived in the UK and US for a number of years, says he’s tried the international brands like Ok Cupid, Plenty of Fish and Tinder, but hasn’t had much online luck in Italy.