Ciao! Arena is escaping to Rome to find an Italian Stallion in the new series, To Rome for Love, premiering Monday January 8 at 9:30pm – express from the US.
For decades, love expert Diann Valentine has been traveling to Italy to enjoy the great food, amazing architecture, and history. Along the way, she discovered the best-kept secret in town: Italian men love black women.
In this picturesque country where women of colour are celebrated and adored, Diann is on a mission to help single ladies who can’t find a good man in America. With her years of experience in the relationship space, she teaches them to move beyond the stigmas and stereotypes they face in the United States and seek love abroad.
Gina Neely, Shay Atkins, Nakita McGraw, Ashley Russell, and Mercedes Young are the five women Diann has brought to Italy. Each are in a different stage of their life with unique stories of love, but all share in the same challenges of dating as a black woman in America.
The adventure begins in a decadent villa in the heart of Rome where the women will reside as they explore who they are and what they want from love. Joined by her two assistants, D. Micah Lindsey, a larger-than-life personality who offers a strong male perspective, and Christine “Cece” Counts, Diann’s right-hand woman who is of Italian heritage and helps vet the perfect men, Diann curates the ultimate foreign experience with Rome’s most eligible bachelors.
Going on organised one-on-one dates and small group excursions may all sound as sweet as gelato, but it’s not all nightly strolls on the piazza and delicious wine for these single ladies, as they must face their fears, get past their emotional baggage, understand cultural differences, and open themselves up to the chance to fall in love.