Essential Italian Phrases For Travelers


Essential Italian Phrases For Travelers

By Geralde Vincent-Bancroft

Italy is a beautiful country with a rich history and culture. If you’re planning a trip to Italy, there are a few essential Italian phrases for travelers that you should learn to make your trip more enjoyable.

picture of Vatican City and overlaid the words Essential Italian phrases for travelers

Here are some of the most common Italian phrases for travelers that you’ll need:


  • Hello: Ciao (pronounced “chow”)
  • Good morning: Buongiorno (pronounced “bwon-jor-no”)
  • Good evening: Buonasera (pronounced “bwon-ah-seh-rah”)
  • Goodbye: Arrivederci (pronounced “ah-ree-veh-der-chee”)


  • Please: Per favore (pronounced “pehr fah-voh-reh”)
  • Thank you: Grazie (pronounced “grah-tsee-eh”)
  • You’re welcome: Prego (pronounced “preh-goh”)
Fontana di Trevi – Rome


  • Where is the bathroom?: Dov’è il bagno? (pronounced “doh-veh eel bahn-yoh”)
  • How much does it cost?: Quanto costa? (pronounced “kwan-toh koh-sta”)
  • Can you help me?: Mi può aiutare? (pronounced “mee pwo ah-yool-tah-reh”)
  • How do I get to…?: Come si arriva a …? ( pronounced “ Ko-meh si a-rri-vah a”)
  • How far is…?: Quanto dista…? (pronounced “kwan-toh dis-ta)
  • Excuse me, how far is the nearest metro station? Quanto dista la metro più vicina? (pronounced “ kwan-toh dis-ta la meh-tro pew vi-chee-na)


  • I’d like to order: Vorrei ordinare (pronounced “vor-ray oh-rdoh-nah-reh”)
  • What do you recommend?: Che cosa mi consiglia? (pronounced “kay koh-za mee kohn-seel-ya”)
  • This is delicious!: Questo è delizioso! (pronounced “kweh-sto eh deh-lee-zee-oh-so”)
Colosseum – Rome


*  Excuse me, I don’t understand: Scusi, non capisco ( pronounced “scoo-zy, non ka-pis-ko”)

* Can you repeat, please? = Può ripetere per favore? (pronounced “ poo-o ree-pe-te-re) 


  • What time does the train arrive/leave?= A che ora arriva/parte il treno? (pronounced “A ke o-rah a-rri-vah/ par- teh il treh-noh)
  • A ticket to= Un biglietto per… (pronounced “ oo-n bih-yeh-toh peh-r)
  • Can I park here?= Si può parcheggiare qui? ( pronounced si poo-oh par-ke-gia-reh kui)
  • Is this the right stop for?= E questa la fermata per?… (pronounced “Eh kueh-sta la fer-mah-tah peh-r)


  • How much is it?= Quanto costa? (pronounced “ kwan-toh kos-tah)
  • Can I try this on? = Posso provarlo? ( pronounced “poh-ssoh proh-vah-r-loh)
  • Can you ship this?/Can you ship these?=Si puo spedire? Si possono spedire? ( pronounced “ sih poo-oh speh-dih-reh/ si poh-ssoh-noh speh-dih-reh)
  • Can I pay with a credit card? = Posso pagare con carta di credito? (pronounced “ poh-ssoh pah-gah-reh con kar-tah dih creh-dih-toh)


  • Can we leave our bags here?= Possiamo lasciare i bagagli qui? ( Pronounced “poh-ssiah-moh lah-shah-reh i bah-gah-yih kuh-ih)
  • At what time is breakfast? = A che ora e la collazione? ( pronounced Ah keh oh-rah eh la koh-lah-tsioh-neh).
  • The hot water doesn’t work = Non funziona l’acqua calda ( pronounced “ non foon-tsioh-nah lah-kuah kal-dah).
Tivoli Gardens – outside Rome

At the bar/ restaurant

  • I would like a coffee/a pizza = Vorrei un caffè/una pizza ( pronounced voh-reh-ih un kah-feh/ unah pit-sah).
  • I am allergic to…/I’m vegetarian = Sono allergico/a  Sono vegetariano/a ( pronounced “ soh-noh ah-lerh-gih-koh/kah  soh-noh veh-geh-tah-riah-noh/nah).
  • How much is it? = Quant’è? ( pronounced “kwan-teh).
  • The bill/check please = Il conto per favore (pronounced “ il kon-toh per fah-voh-reh).


  • Help = Aiuto ( pronounced “ ah-yuh-toh).
  • They stole my wallet/passport= mi hanno rubato il portafoglio/il passaporto ( pronounced “ mih annoh ruh-bah-toh il por-tah-foh-yoh / il pah-ssah-por-toh).
  • I lost my wallet = Ho perso il portafoglio ( pronounced “oh per-soh il por-tah-foh-yoh”).

These are just a few of the most common Italian phrases for travelers that you’ll need on your trip. There are many other phrases that you could learn, but these will give you a good foundation to start with.

Here are some tips for using these phrases:

  • Pronunciation is important, so be sure to practice saying the phrases aloud before you go.
  • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Italians  are generally very patient with tourists who are trying to speak their language.
  • Be sure to use the appropriate level of formality. For example, you wouldn’t say “Ciao” to a professor or a business associate.

Highlights and Tips for Rome

Rome is a beautiful city with a lot to offer visitors. Here are a few highlights and tips:

  • The Colosseum: This iconic amphitheater is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy.
  • The Roman Forum: These ancient ruins are a must-see for anyone interested in Roman history.
  • The Trevi Fountain: This famous fountain is a popular spot for making wishes.
  • The Spanish Steps: These iconic steps are a great place to people-watch.
  • The Vatican City: This tiny city-state  is home to St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.

Spanish Steps

 some More tips 

  • Book your flights and accommodation in advance, especially if you’re traveling during peak season.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, as you’ll be doing a lot of walking.
  • Bring sunscreen and a hat, as the weather can be hot in the summer.
  • Be sure to bargain when shopping in the markets.
  • Enjoy the local cuisine! Italian food is some of the best in the world.

I hope you can start practicing these phrases I shared with you soon.

 Buon viaggio!

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