Italian language for travel: The Italian language survival guide for travelling in Italy.

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Why you will benefit from learning travel Italian phrases.

Knowing Italian phrases for travel can be incredibly useful for several reasons:

  1. Communication: Being able to communicate with locals in their native language can help you navigate and understand your surroundings more effectively. It allows you to ask for directions, order food, seek assistance, and engage in basic conversations, enhancing your overall travel experience.


  1. Cultural Appreciation: Learning some basic Italian phrases shows respect for the local culture and demonstrates your interest in immersing yourself in the local way of life. It opens doors for cultural exchange and helps you connect with the people you meet along your journey.


  1. Independence and Confidence: Having a grasp of essential Italian phrases empowers you to navigate unfamiliar environments independently. It gives you the confidence to explore and interact with locals, making your travel experience more fulfilling and enjoyable.


  1. Practicality: Italian phrases come in handy for everyday situations like ordering food, shopping, using public transportation, and seeking assistance. By understanding and using basic phrases, you can navigate through practical aspects of travel more smoothly and efficiently.


  1. Safety and Emergencies: Knowing key Italian phrases related to emergencies, medical assistance, and seeking help ensures that you can effectively communicate and get the necessary support if the need arises. It provides a sense of security and ensures that you can handle unforeseen situations more effectively.


  1. Connection and Friendships: Speaking even a little bit of Italian can help you connect with locals and build friendships along your travels. It shows your genuine interest in the culture and people, and can lead to memorable encounters and meaningful connections.

Overall, knowing Italian phrases for travel enhances your travel experience, facilitates communication, promotes cultural understanding, and empowers you to navigate through different situations with confidence and independence.

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Essential Italian phrases for travelers

Below you can find a comprehensive list of Italian phrases for travel, however, remember it’s always advisable to use them in context. You can do this by carrying out the exercises at the end of this post.

Everyday Italian phrases

Greetings and Basic Phrases:

– Ciao (Hello/Goodbye)

– Buongiorno (Good morning/Good day)

– Buonasera (Good evening)

– Buona notte (Good night)

– Per favore (Please)

– Grazie (Thank you)

– Prego (You’re welcome)

– Scusa (informal) (Excuse me/Sorry)

– Scusi (formal)  (Excuse me/Sorry)


– Mi chiamo… (My name is…)

– Sono di… (I am from…)

– Piacere di conoscerti (Nice to meet you, informal)

Asking for Help:

– Parla inglese? (Do you speak English?)

– Mi può aiutare, per favore? (Can you help me, please?)

– Dove si trova…? (Where is…?)

– Ho bisogno di aiuto (I need help)


Numbers and Counting:

– Uno (One)

– Due (Two)

– Tre (Three)

– Quattro (Four)

– Cinque  (Five)

– Sei         (Six)

– Sette      (Seven)

– Otto       (Eight)

– Nove       (Nine)

– Dieci      (Ten)

– Undici    (Eleven)

– Dodici    (Twelve)

– Tredici   (Thirteen)

– Quattordici (Fourteen)

– Quindici (Fifteen)

– Sedici     (Sixteen)

– Diciassette (Seventeen)

– Diciotto (Eighteen)

– Diciannove (Nineteen)

– Venti       (Twenty)

– Ventuno (Twenty-one)

– Ventidue (Twenty-two)

– Ventitré   (Twenty-three)

– Trenta     (Thirty)

– Quaranta (Forty)

– Cinquanta (Fifty)

– Sessanta     (Sixty)

– Settanta     (Seventy)

– Ottanta      (Eighty)

– Novanta    (Ninety)

– Cento (Hundred)

– Mille (Thousand)


Italian phrases for ordering food and drinks

– Buonasera, vorrei un tavolo per due (I would like a table for two).

– Mi porta il menu, per favore? (Can I have the menu, please?): Use this phrase to request the menu  from the waiter/waitress.

– Vorrei… (I would like…) . Vorrei ordinare, per favore. (I would like to order, please.): Let the waiter/waitress know that you are ready to place your order.

– Vorrei un antipasto/primo/secondo/contorno. (I would like a starter/first course/second course/side dish.): Specify the type of dish you would like to order.

– Mi piacerebbe assaggiare il famoso piatto locale. (I would like to try the famous local dish.): If there is a regional specialty, express your interest in trying it.

– Potrei avere l’olio d’oliva/il sale/il pepe, per favore? (Could I have some olive oil/salt/pepper, please?): Request condiments or seasonings for your meal.

– Vorrei un bicchiere di vino rosso/bianco, per favore. (I would like a glass of red/white wine, please.): Specify your choice of wine.

– Alla salute! (To your health!): Raise your glass for a toast before enjoying your meal.

– Buon appetito (Enjoy your meal).

– Il conto, per favore. (Can I have the bill, please?): Ask for the bill when you’re ready to pay.

– Grazie mille! (Thank you very much!): Show your appreciation to the waiter/waitress for their service.

Remember to use polite expressions such as “per favore” (please) and “grazie” (thank you) when interacting with the staff.

Italian language for transportation

Italian language for transportation

When using public transportation in Italy, here are some useful Italian phrases:

  1. Dove posso prendere l’autobus/il tram/il treno? (Where can I catch the bus/tram/train?): Use this phrase to ask for the location where you can board the bus, tram, or train.
  2. A che ora parte l’autobus/il tram/il treno? (What time does the bus/tram/train leave?): Inquire about the departure time of the bus, tram, or train.
  3. Quanto costa un biglietto per…? (How much is a ticket to…?): Ask about the ticket price to a specific destination.
  4. Vorrei un biglietto andata e ritorno per… (I would like a return ticket to…): Request a ticket to your desired destination.
  5. C’è un abbonamento per i mezzi pubblici? (Is there a public transportation pass?): Inquire if there is a public transportation pass available.
  6. Ferma a …? (Does it stop at …?): Ask the driver or fellow passengers if the vehicle stops at your desired destination.
  7. A che ora arriva l’autobus/il tram/il treno? (What time does the bus/tram/train arrive?): Inquire about the arrival time of the bus, tram, or train.
  8. A quale fermata devo scendere per…? (At which stop do I need to get off?): Ask which stop you need to get off at for a specific location.
  9. Qual è il prossimo treno/il prossimo autobus? (Which is the next train/bus?): Ask about the next available train or bus.
  10. A che ora chiude la metropolitana? (What time does the metro close?): Inquire about the closing time of the metro system.
  11. Grazie! (Thank you!): Show your appreciation to the driver or any helpful individuals.

Remember to check the local transportation schedules and familiarize yourself with the ticketing system of the specific city you’re in, as it may vary. Being polite and respectful while interacting with transportation staff and fellow passengers is always appreciated.

Italian for shopping

When buying souvenirs at a local market in Italy learn some Italian phrases that can come in handy:

  1. Quanto costa? (How much does it cost?): Use this phrase to ask about the price of an item.
  2. Posso vedere altri modelli/colori? (Can I see other designs/colours?): If you want to explore more options, ask the vendor to show you different designs or colours of the item you’re interested in.
  3. Avete qualcosa di simile? (Do you have something similar?): If you’re looking for an item that is not currently available or if you want to compare different products, use this phrase.
  4. Mi piace molto. (I really like it.): Express your appreciation for the item you’re interested in.
  5. È fatto a mano? (Is it handmade?): If you’re interested in artisanal or handmade products, ask if the item is handmade.
  6. Posso provarlo? (Can I try it on?): If you’re purchasing clothing or accessories, ask if you can try them on.
  7. È possibile fare un pacchetto regalo? (Is it possible to have a gift wrap?): If you’re buying a gift, inquire if they provide gift-wrapping services.
  8. Accettate la carta di credito? (Do you accept credit cards?): Inquire if the vendor accepts credit card payments.
  9. Mi dà lo scontrino? (Could you give me the receipt?): Request a receipt for your purchase.
  10. Grazie! (Thank you!): Show your gratitude to the vendor for their assistance.
  11. Arrivederci – Use the polite form to say good-bye.

Remember to be polite and respectful during your interactions, and don’t hesitate to use basic Italian phrases even if you’re not fluent. It shows your effort to engage with the local culture and language.

Italian phrases for asking directions

Italian phrases for asking directions

  1. Scusi mi può aiutare? (Excuse me, can you help me?)
  2. Mi sono perso/a. (I’m lost.)
  3. Dove si trova…? (Where is…?)
  4. Quanto tempo ci vuole per arrivare a…? (How long does it take to get to…?)
  5. C’è una fermata dell’autobus/metro qui vicino? (Is there a bus/underground stop nearby?)
  6. Dov’è il centro città? (Where is the city center?)
  7. Devi girare a sinistra/destra. (You need to turn left/right.)
  8. Prosegui dritto. (Go straight ahead.)
  9. Attraversa la strada. (Cross the street.)
  10. Alla rotonda, prendi la terza uscita. (At the roundabout, take the third exit.)

Italian language for hotel reservations and check in

  1. Ho bisogno di una camera per una notte/una settimana. (I need a room for one night/one week.): Specify the duration of your stay to the receptionist.
  2. Vorrei una camera singola/doppia. (I would like a single/double room.): Specify the type of room you prefer.
  3. Vorrei una camera con vista mare/montagna. (I would like a room with a sea/mountain view.): If you have a preference for a specific view, you can ask the receptionist.
  4. Vorrei una camera non fumatori. (I would like a non-smoking room.): Specify your preference for a non-smoking room.
  5. A che ora è il check-out? (What time is check-out?): Inquire about the check-out time.

Check in

  1. Buongiorno (Good morning) or Buonasera (Good evening): Use one of these greetings when entering the hotel and approaching the reception desk.
  2. Vorrei fare il check-in, per favore. (I would like to check-in, please.): Use this phrase to inform the receptionist that you would like to check-in.
  3. Ho prenotato una camera. (I have booked a room.): Inform the receptionist that you have made a reservation.
  4. Ecco la prenotazione. (Here is my reservation.): Hand over your booking confirmation or ID to the receptionist.
  5. Grazie mille. (Thank you very much.): Show your gratitude to the receptionist for their assistance.

Remember to adjust these phrases based on your specific needs and preferences. The hotel staff will appreciate your effort to communicate in Italian, even if you’re not fluent.

Italian phrases for emergencies while traveling

Italian phrases for emergencies while traveling

In case of emergencies in Italy, it’s important to be familiar with some Italian phrases to seek help or communicate your situation. Here are some essential phrases:

  1. Aiuto! (Help!): Use this phrase to attract attention and seek immediate assistance.
  2. Chiamate un’ambulanza! (Call an ambulance!): If someone requires medical assistance, use this phrase to ask for an ambulance to be called.
  3. Ho bisogno di un dottore. (I need a doctor.): If you require medical attention but it’s not an immediate emergency, use this phrase to express your need for a doctor.
  4. Dov’è la stazione di polizia più vicina? (Where is the nearest police station?): If you need to report a crime or seek help from the police, use this phrase to ask for the location of the nearest police station.
  5. Ho perso il mio passaporto. (I have lost my passport.): If you lose your passport, use this phrase to communicate the situation.
  6. C’è stato un incidente. (There has been an accident.): Use this phrase to inform others that an accident has occurred.
  7. Mi sento male. (I feel unwell.): If you’re feeling unwell and need medical assistance, use this phrase to convey your condition.
  8. Ho perso la valigia. (I have lost my suitcase.): If your luggage goes missing, use this phrase to report the situation.
  9. Dov’è l’uscita di emergenza? (Where is the emergency exit?): If you’re in a building or public space and need to locate the emergency exit, use this phrase to ask for directions.

Remember, in case of emergencies, it’s also helpful to know the universal emergency number in Italy, which is 112. You can dial this number to reach emergency services such as police, ambulance, or fire department.

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Italian Practical Exercises for common travel situations

Now that you have learnt some useful Italian phrases, practice by doing the exercises below.

Pick one or two; copy and paste your dialogue below and I will correct it for you, I will also send you an audio for pronunciation purposes.

Exercise 1: Ordering Food

Imagine you’re at a restaurant in Italy. Write down a dialogue between you and the waiter, including ordering your favourite dish, asking for recommendations, and requesting the bill.

Exercise 2: Asking for Directions

Create a scenario where you’re lost in a city and need to ask a local for directions. Write a conversation that includes asking for the nearest landmark, getting directions, and expressing gratitude.

Exercise 3: Shopping

Imagine you’re at a local market and want to buy souvenirs. Write a dialogue with a vendor, including asking about the price and making a purchase.

Exercise 4: Hotel Check-In

Write a dialogue between you and a hotel receptionist. Include greetings, providing necessary information, asking about amenities, and confirming the length of your stay.

Exercise 5: Public Transportation

Create a dialogue between you and a ticket agent or fellow traveler at a train or bus station. Include asking for ticket information, departure times, platform numbers, and expressing gratitude.

Exercise 6: Emergency Situations

Create a dialogue in which you encounter an emergency situation, such as losing your passport or needing medical assistance. Include seeking help, explaining the problem, and asking for assistance.