Useful Italian Phrases

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Useful Italian Phrases That Will Help You Whilst Travelling in Tuscany

Posted by Dympna (30/09/2016)

In many of the main cities in Tuscany, you might be lucky enough to discover that some people speak English. You can also easily go to the tourist office in places such as
Florence and speak to an English representative. However, if you are planning on venturing into the Tuscan hills and visiting some of the smaller, more traditional towns and villages, you may find that the locals don’t speak much English.

Even if you do go to the larger towns and cities, it’s nice to be able to communicate with the local people in Italian. Making an effort to speak their language is polite, and even if your Italian is less than perfect, most locals will appreciate your efforts.


 It’s also handy to know a few key Italian words and phrases when you visit Tuscany, as this will help you to get by. If you get lost, you can ask for directions, you can also ask locals about the best places to visit and you might even learn a few more words and phrases while you are there.

Attempting to speak the language is often a key part of visiting any travel destination. It really makes you feel like you are on holiday and are enriching your life with the delights of learning a new language.

There are some places within the region where you can attend Italian language lessons, but unless you are visiting for a prolonged period of time, it’s best to get started in advance of your trip. Purchase an Italian language book, do an online course or attend lessons locally for a period of time. Bring an Italian dictionary with you to Tuscany so that you can look up any words you are unsure of, and learn more whilst you are away.


Here are some helpful Italian words and phrases for holidaymakers who want to be polite and make an effort to speak a bit of Italian in Tuscany.

     Hello/Goodbye – Ciao
     Do you speak English? - Parla Inglese?
     Please - Per favore/per Piacere
     Thank you - Grazie
     Good morning - Buongiorno
     Good evening -  Buonasera
     Good night - Buonanotte
     Excuse me - Mi scusi / Scusi
     How much does it cost? - Quanto costa?
     Goodbye -  Arrivederci
     Restaurant - ristorante
     Do you accept credit cards? - Accettate carte di credito?
     Pharmacy - Farmacia
     Hospital - Ospedale
     Doctor - Medico
     Supermarket -  Supermercato
     My name is - Mi chiamo
     How are you? - Come sta?
     Yes - Sì
     No - No
     Where is the station - Dov'è la stazione?
     I don’t understand - Non capisco
     Excuse me (to get attention) - Scusi

     Table for two – un tavolo per due

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