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How do you handle a trip to Italy without speaking any Italian? A guide
written byPlay Italy

We are aware that a lot of people might not speak Italian as it’s basically only spoken in our Peninsula. But wouldn’t it be nice if people became more familiar with this language?

It’s not news that a lot of Italians are not proficient in English and that could cause some discomfort when traveling around, especially in the most rural areas.

Disclaimer: this is not to say that Italy is not an English-friendly country. People who work in tourism are usually trained to speak more than one language.

However … knowing a bit of Italian could really turn around your journey for the better, making you feel more immersed in the atmosphere and learning something fun.

So us from Play Italy will take the honor of teaching you some of the most common Italian words and phrases you could use.

Italian words in English: let’s get over the clichès

Let’s get this straight. We’re not here to talk about “buongiorno”, “cappuccino”, “espresso” and stuff like that. We already know these words are well integrated into English.

Nonetheless, it will give you the most advantage when visiting a local cafè or restaurant. Once you get passed over the trauma of drinking shots of coffee instead of americanos, everything will go down a slide for you.

Let’s run this scenario. You’re sitting down in a local “ristorante” and you open the menu. What things you might find?

●    Pizza, of course;
●    Pasta: spaghetti, maccheroni, fusilli, tortellini … you know these already, right?
●    Even the dolci section like tiramisù, babà etcetera etcetera.

We think this is all pretty comprehensible for people who are not fluent in Italian. Thankfully, when it comes to food, the Italians do have an impact worldwide.

But aside from food, we still think there are some nice Italian conversational words to use in your Esperienza Italiana.

What’s the realistic amount of Italian you’re going to use during your stay in Italy?

The key thing is that you certainly don’t need to be fluent, you just need to know the right words to use in the right context.

Here we’ve prepared some of the words or phrases that you might want to use around:

●    🇬🇧How are you? : 🇮🇹Come stai?
●    🇬🇧I’m good, thank you : 🇮🇹Sto bene, grazie
●    🇬🇧What’s your name? : 🇮🇹 Come ti chiami?
●    🇬🇧My name is Mario : 🇮🇹Mi chiamo Mario
●    🇬🇧Where is … the restaurant? : 🇮🇹Dov’è il ristorante?
●    🇬🇧Where is … the Colosseum? : 🇮🇹 Dov’è il Colosseo?
●    🇬🇧Where is … the bathroom? : 🇮🇹Dov’è il bagno?
●    🇬🇧I don’t know : 🇮🇹 Non lo so
●    🇬🇧I don’t speak Italian I’m a tourist: 🇮🇹Non parlo italiano sono un turista
●    🇬🇧Excuse me, where is the bathroom? : 🇮🇹Scusami, dov’è il bagno?
●    🇬🇧Excuse me (passing through a crowd) : 🇮🇹 Permesso
●    🇬🇧I’m sorry : 🇮🇹Scusami
●    🇬🇧I would like the … tortellini, please : 🇮🇹Vorrei i tortellini per favore
●    🇬🇧Could I get a glass of water please? : 🇮🇹Posso avere un bicchiere d’acqua per favore?

And if things really go well during your trip you might want to say

●    🇬🇧I love you (to a lover): 🇮🇹Ti amo
●    🇬🇧I love you (to a friend): 🇮🇹Ti voglio bene
●    🇬🇧 Friends: 🇮🇹Amici
●    🇬🇧See you soon: 🇮🇹A presto
●    🇬🇧I miss you: 🇮🇹Mi manchi

And we’re sure that after your journey to Italy you’d probably want to say a “mi manchi” or a “ti amo”. Or at least, we hope to share with you the love we have for our land.

So, do you really need to speak Italian to visit Italy?

The answer is … of course not. As we said, people that work in tourism are prepared to deal with people that come from all over the world.

So don’t you worry if you’re really bad at learning a new language.

However, if you feel like it, dabbling with some nice little words in Italian might make your trip just a little bit sweeter.

And with that, we salute you and we hope to see you in one of our tours.
🇮🇹 Arrivederci! (that’s Italian for 🇬🇧bye-bye)

Who’s Play Italy?

Another question you might have is … but why should we trust your word?
Well, not to brag but we know what we’re talking about.

We’re a travel company that designs exclusive trips to Italy for all those people like you that want to visit Italy and don’t really know where to start.

Do you want to travel to Italy? Feel free to see our offers and contact us for every question you may have.

We have tours that basically cover every single part of Italy!
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