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Surrounded by seas, Italy possesses a distinct beauty of its own and also a rich cultural history that makes it so loved by tourists.
“As soon as you enter Girl Shop, you can see that the site is very young and frivolous and that the concept of men as objects is treated in a light-hearted and humorous way.
The so-called ‘buying’ of men is only symbolic.” ' Online dating is still something of a taboo in Italy' Is he confident that internet dating - whether ironic or not - will one day take off in Italy?
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Many Italians are, in fact, disturbingly handsome and even if you manage to find one who isn't, he will compensate for it with his charm, sensitivity, romantic nature, and good taste in fashion.
But there’s a twist: men – who account for around 60 percent of the site's users – must wait for a woman to contact them first.
The unlucky ones have to suffer in silence on the supermarket shelf. For a start, not just any old Italian Average Joe (or Giovanni) can sign up.
But for some reason, Italy just hadn’t warmed to the idea in the same way.
It was this discrepancy that fascinated 30-year-old London-based Italian web designer Luca Vavassori - so he started studying how his male and female friends used dating sites.