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The language of love: 41 must-have Italian phrases

If you want a real taste of La Dolce Vita on your trip to Italy, there’s no better way than learning a bit of Italian.

While English is the global language, and learning some Italian before a holiday may seem like a waste of time, you’d be amazed how your welcome is even warmer when you’ve made the effort to learn a few set phrases. It’s the easiest and best way to get closer to their culture. And to feel truly immersed in your travel experience.

To make the task of prepping yourself that bit easier, Booking.com worked with locals to come up with a list of language essentials so that you can get the most out of your Italian adventure.

Navigating the Italian landscape is a breeze with a few key phrases under your belt

Navigating the Italian landscape is a breeze with a few key phrases under your belt

Greetings
Hello Ciao
Goodbye Arrivederci
How are you? Come va?
Fine, thanks Bene, grazie
Thank you Grazie
Please Per favore
Good morning Buongiorno
Good evening Buona sera
Good night Buona notte
Excuse me/Sorry Scusa (singular informal), Scusi (singular formal), Scusate (plural)
You’re welcome Prego
Questions
Can you help me? Puoi aiutarmi? (singular informal),Può aiutarmi? (singular formal), Potete aiutarmi? (plural)
Where is the toilet? Dov’è il bagno?
How much is it? Quanto costa?
May I have the bill? Posso avere il conto?
Do you speak English? Parli inglese? (singular informal), Parla inglese? (singular formal),Parlate inglese? (plural)
Can you repeat, please? Puoi ripetere per favore? (singular informal), Può ripetere per favore? (singular formal)
Can you write it down? Potresti scriverlo? (singular informal), Potrebbe scriverlo? (singular formal)
Can you take a photo, please? Potresti scattarmi una foto? (singular informal), Potrebbe scattarmi una foto? (singular formal)
If you have dietary restrictions, knowing how to explain them in the local language takes the stress out of ordering

If you have dietary restrictions, knowing how to explain them in the local language takes the stress out of ordering

Food & Drinks
I’d like to have a beer Vorrei una birra
I’d like to have a glass of wine Vorrei un bicchiere di vino
I’d like to have a glass of water Vorrei un bicchiere d’acqua
I’ll have a coffee, please Vorrei un caffè, per favore
I’ll have a tea, please Vorrei un tè, per favore
I’m vegetarian Sono vegetariano(a)(masculine/feminine)
I’m allergic to seafood Sono allergico/a ai frutti di mare
I’m allergic to nuts Sono allergico/a alle nocciole
I’m allergic to eggs Sono allergico/a alle uova
I’m lactose intolerant Sono intollerante al lattosio
I’m gluten intolerant Sono intollerante al glutine
I don't drink alcohol Non bevo alcolici.
Directions
Where is the train station? Dove si trova la stazione dei treni?
Where is the bus station? Dove si trova la stazione degli autobus?
How can I get the city centre? Come si arriva al centro?
Is it far away? È lontano?
I don’t understand Non ho capito
Emergency
I need a doctor urgently Ho bisogno urgentemente di un dottore
Help! Aiuto!
I am lost Mi sono perso(a) (masculine/feminine)
Is it far away? Mi sono perso(a) (masculine/feminine)
Where is the next police station? Dove si trova la caserma dei carabinieri più vicina?