Useful Italian Phrases

Ciao a tutti! Summer is approaching and many of you are getting ready to travel to Italy. Although many people in Italy speak English, it’s always useful to know a couple of common everyday phrases to get you through your vacation. These skills will come very handy if you are traveling to smaller and less touristy cities. I have listed some greetings and commonly used phrases that can be helpful during your time abroad. Additionally, if you would like to learn Italian or want to brush up on your skills you can also use apps like Duolingo and Babbel.


  • Good morning- Buongiorno
  • Good afternoon- Buon pomeriggio
  • Good evening- Buona sera
  • Goodnight- Buona notte
  • How are you?- Come stai?
  • I am well, and you?- Io sto bene, e tu?
  • Excuse me- Mi scusi
  • What’s your name?- Come ti chiami?
  • My name is- Mi chiamo
  • Thank you- Grazie
  • You’re welcome- Prego
  • Nice to meet you- Piacere
  • I’ll see you- Ci vediamo
  • Goodbye- Arrivederci

Useful Phrases

  • Where do you live?- Dove abiti?
  • Do you speak English?- Parla inglese?
  • I’m sorry, but I don’t speak Italian- Mi dispiace, ma non parlo l’italiano.
  • I’m sorry, but I don’t understand- Mi dispiace, ma non capisco.
  • Please repeat- Per favore ripeti.
  • How much does this cost?- Quanto costa?
  • Do you like…- Ti piace…
  • Can you help me?- Mi puo` aiutare?
  • I need help- Ho bisogno d’aiuto.
  • Where is the bathroom- Dov’e` il bagno?
  • Where are you from?- Di dove sei?

Feel free to comment any questions or comments below!

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Ciao, Diane! Thanks for sharing this very useful list of Italian words and expressions. #DolceVitaBloggers

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  2. Kelly says:

    Ciao Diane! Love the picture in this post!! Where was it taken? These are such useful phrases that everyone should master before going to Italy. I was just in Cinque Terre and I could tell the lady at the bar was relieved that my friend and I could speak a little Italian. I know from experience how draining customer service jobs can be, and not to mention if all your customers try to speak a foreign language to you! Speaking the local language is the polite thing to do and makes the entire experience so much more fun. Thanks so much for joining us for #DolceVitaBloggers 🙂


    1. Ciao Kelly! Thank you, these pictures were taken in Capri! I am glad you enjoyed my post, I will be traveling to Cinque Terre this summer and I can’t wait! I think that the people in Italy love when tourists try to speak the language, because they appreciate that people are trying to learn the language. I love your idea of the Dolce Vita Bloggers and will definitely be posting for next month!


      1. Kelly says:

        So excited for you to visit Cinque Terre! Capri is on my list to visit someday too. 🙂 Looking forward to more of your posts!


  3. Ciao Diane, GORGEOUS SIDE PHOTO first of all. I’m so sorry I didn’t actually get to host this month or contribute but I’m enjoying reading everyone’s posts all the same! Please accept my apologies ehehe. This is a wonderful resource for anyone travelling to Italy or starting out the long road to conquer the language (not sure if the road ever ends eheh). Thanks for joining us! Love, Jasmine.


    1. Hello Jasmine! Thank you! Loved contributing and will continue to do so in the future, what a fantastic way to bring bloggers together! Xoxo Diane


  4. Hi Diane, So pleased to find your blog! Love this useful post, just what people need on vacation! xx


    1. Hi Kristie, I am so happy you enjoyed my post! Xoxo


  5. mammaprada says:

    Hi Diane, I’m so pleased to find your blog. Thank you for linking up with us. What a great useful post for those heading off to Italy on holiday! Love the images as well xx

    Liked by 1 person

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