Italian Phrases
Useful Words, Jokes & Romantic Expressions

Italian Phrases

Having a few useful Italian phrases will make your vacation more enjoyable, especially if new to Italy travel. Below are some basic expressions that will come in handy, Speaking at least some Italian can turn a good vacation into a great one.

Most businesses in larger cities will have staff that speak some English. In small towns & villages it might be a slightly different story. Having a few useful phrases at your fingertips can make all the difference.

Useful Words & Italian Phrases

Bandiera d'Italia

Flag of Italy

Bel Paese

Beautiful country

Buon appetito

Have a pleasant meal


Good morning, good day

Buon viaggio

Have a good trip

Caffè bollente

Scalding hot coffee


Informal hello or goodbye



Dolce vita

Sweet, beautiful life

La bella figura

Beautiful figure

Lei parla inglese?

Do you speak English?

Piano piano

Little by little, slowly

Pizza napoletana

Authentic Italian pizza

Prima colazione

Early breakfast

Quanto costa?

How much does it cost?

Una scheda telefonica internazionale

An international phone card

Un tocco d'Italia

A touch of Italy

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Romantic Italian Phrases

If dating in Italy is your thing, some romantic Italian phrases might come in handy. After all, it's Italy we are talking about - a country known for beauty, culture and of course romance. If you choose to talk Italian to a lady, let's hope it's with confidence. Many Italian women are beautiful, smart and very intelligent. Even if you your Italian isn't perfect - at least your are making an effort to speak their tongue and most will appreciate that. Let's hear some romantic Italian phrases and how they sound. 

Mio amore

My love

Tesoro mio

My darling

Mi manchi

I miss you

Ho bisogno di te

I need you

Mi mancano i tuoi occhi

I miss your eyes

Ti adoro

I adore you

Sei la mia vita

You are my life

Ti penso ogni giorno

I think of you every day

Ti amo

I love you

Ti voglio bene

I love you & want you well

Mi vuoi sposare?

Will you marry me?

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One-Line Italian Jokes

Italian jokes can really break the ice. They are simple and hilarious for one reason and one reason only - they're Italian! We've included a few of those as well on this page, for a good laugh of course. Lets "talk Italian" and have a few chuckles.

  • "Did you hear about that Italian chef that died? He PASTA WAY."
  • "I was going to tell you a joke about pizza. But never mind - it's too CHEESY."
  • "I pick-a Guiseppe for my bowling team, because EBOLA perfect game every time."
  • "What do you call a fake noodle? An IMPASTA!
  • "What does an Irishman get after eating Italian lasagna? GAELIC BREATH!"
  • "What do you call a Roman with a cold? JULIUS SNEEZER."
  • "Where do pepperonis go on vacation? The Leaning Tower of PIZZA."
  • "What do Italians eat on Halloween. FETTUCCINE-AFRAID-O!" 
  • "What do you call an Italian with his hands in his pockets? A MUTE."
  • "What do you call an Italian with a rubber toe? ROBERTO.
  • "What do you call a dodgy neighbourhood in Italy? A SPAGHETTO."
  • "What does Schwarzenegger say before eating pasta. PASTA la vista, baby!"
  • "How do you shut up an Italian? Tie their hands behind their back."
  • "Why did the Mafia cross the road? FORGET ABOUT IT!"

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