In TF 177, our Valentine’s Day issue, we looked at expatriates who have stayed in Florence for love. But what happens years down the line, once the honeymoon period has passed, and you have to come to terms with many cross-cultural differences? Relationships can be a challenge at the best of times and living abroad with a partner from a different culture can make things all the more challenging. This is especially true in a country like Italy, where cultural identity is so strong. Kirsten Hills, examines some of the common tensions arising from international relationships, the ‘flash-points,’ and, most importantly, the best way to navigate them.