In 2012, 207,138 marriages were celebrated in Italy (3.5 per 1,000 inhabitants), 2,308 more than in 2010.

In 2012, 122,297 weddings followed a religious ceremony, 33,000 fewer in the last 4 years.

The civil weddings, on the other side, have seen a recovery in the last two years: 5,340 ceremonies that represent 41% of the total.

Whereas some women might view their Italian boyfriend's desire to 'protect his woman' a little chauvinistic.

Contemporary Italian women appear to have made the same strides as their counterparts in the rest of the Western world.

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Sorry folks, in Italy, it's the same old story Just because your cute Italian friend hugs you and ruffles your hair, it doesn't necessarily mean there is a romantic interest from their part.

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