Il Viaggio Verso L'Italia

Learning Italian, Phrase by Simple Phrase

September 17, 2017


Good morning! Although it literally translates to "good day," similar to Spanish buenos dias, it really means good morning. Frequently used as a greeting, it is as ubiquitous as Ciao, hello. Similarly used is buonasera, which means good evening. I found these few phrases to be some of the most useful when I was in Sicily and Rome, whether following a local or exploring with fellow tourists. Surprisingly, I found that in the touristy part of Rome, I was almost always bid farewell with ciao (both hello and goodbye) rather than arrivederci, goodbye. The opposite was true in Sicily.