It's not just American ladies who allegedly swoon over "European" charm. A Defense Department employee recently protested his dismissal over sexual harassment by pointing out that he spent 10 years in Italy, where people are more "touchy/feely."
To chime in as an Italian woman—yes, Italian dudes are more "touchy-feely." Italian culture is touchy-feely. We kiss each other and hug a lot and have different ideas about personal space.
That said: Does this mean we like being catcalled on the street and/or grabbed, as too many Italian men are wont to do? NO WE DO NOT. Fucking cut it out, Italian dudes.
This is why I'm marrying an Irish guy.