Some basic Italian phrases for travel are a must for any trip to Italy!
I visited Italy for the first time in 2014 and absolutely loved it. If this is your first trip to Italy, or you’re just trying to learn some common phrases, welcome!
The Italian language is absolutely beautiful and you will love practicing these phrases (almost as much as you’ll love this gorgeous country!)
Make sure you watch this video first so you get a basic understanding of how to pronounce each letter.
Even though a lot of people do speak English, it’s not the norm outside of the main touristy cities.
I met a lot of people in the countryside who didn’t understand a word I said, luckily I had my little Italian phrases written down!
Learning these basic Italian phrases for travel is important when you need to ask for directions, order at restaurants, or get lost (trust me, it’ll happen!)
It can be tricky and overwhelming, but knowing a couple of easy phrases helps more than you could imagine.
Wha’s The Best Way To Learn Italian?
The best way I have found to learn and practice any language is with index cards!
Grab a couple of index card and write the Italian phrase on one side and the English version on the other. Study these cards like you’re studying for a test.
This is a very easy and quick way to memorize these phrases.
Easy Italian Phrases for Tourists
Hello – Ciao
Good morning – Buongiorno
Good evening – Buonasera
Goodbye – Arrivederci or Addio
Please – Per favore
Thank you – Grazie
You’re welcome – Prego
Yes/no – Si/no
Definitely/Of Course – Ma certo
Pardon me – Scusami
I don’t think so – Penso di no
Repeat, please. : Ripeta, per favore.
I don’t speak Italian – Non parlo italiano
I only speak a little Italian – So soltanto un po’ di italiano.
I’ll buy it – Lo compro
I’m sorry – Mi dispiace
I’m allergic to ____ – Sono allergico a ____.
Help! – Aiuto!
Red/white wine please – Vino/bianco rosso per favore
I love Italy! – Io amo l’Italia!
Basic Italian Food Phrases (You Probably Already Know)
Antipasto — Appetizers
Primo — Main course
Secondo — Second course
Contorno — Side dish
Insalata — Salad
Il dolce — Dessert
Italian Conversation Questions
How are you? (formal) – Come sta?
How are you? (informal, friendly) – Come va?
My name is ______ – Me chiamo _________
Do you speak English? – Parla inglese?
What time is it? – Che ore sono?
Where are you from? – Di dove sei?
Where is the airport? – Dov’e l’aereoporto?
When does the bus leave? – Quando parte il autobus?
Where is the train station? – Dove si trova la stazione ferroviaria?
Where is the museum? – Dov’è il museo?
Where is this address? – Dov’è questo indirizzo?
How much? – Quanto costa?
Where is the pharmacy? – Dov’è la farmacia?
Where is the bathroom? – Dov’è la toilette?
Basic Italian Numbers
(1) One – Uno
(2) Two – Due
(3) Three – Tre
(4) Four – Quattro
(5) Five – Cinque
(6) Six – Sei
(7) Seven – Sette
(8) Eight – Otto
(9) Nine – Nove
(10) Ten – Dieci
(20) Twenty – Venti
(30) Thirty – Trenta
(40) Fourty – Quaranta
(50) Fifty – Cinquanta
(60) Sixty – Sessanta
(70) Seventy – Settanta
(80) Eighty – Ottanta
(90) Ninety – Novanta
(100) One hundred – Cento
(1000) One Thousand – Mille
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