Cultural experiences in General

Experiences in General

 (Photo courtesy of Paris Greeters)

Free greeter programs around the world encourage locals to welcome you to their hometown

 

Lodgings in General

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La Cascina del Monastero in Piemonte'w wine district is one of my favorite Italian farm stays (scroll to the bottom for a link to a story about it) (Photo courtesy of La Cascina del Monastero)

Stay on a working farm agritourismo and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 
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The Castello di Gargonza in Tuscany is a classic Italian castle turned into a hotel (Photo courtesy of the hotel)

Stay in a real castello and live happily ever after (temporarily) as King and Queen of the castle

 
Getting to know some locals is a bit part of staying with a fellow hospitality club member (Photo courtesy of The Affordable Travel Club)

Hospitality networks gather folks who are willing to put up fellow members in their homes for free or for a small fee

 
This house in the Tuscan hills needs someone to house-sit and watch their dog for three weeks this spring... (Photo courtesy of mindmyhouse.com)

Sleep for free on vacation in Italy by watching someone's house (and, often, watering their plants and feeding their cat)

 
You can stay at the medieval Tuscan Santuario della Verna, where St. Francis received the stigmata (Photo courtesy of La Verna)

Sleep in a religious guesthouse or retreat at monasteries abbeys across Italy from just €17

 
A frescoed room at Venice's Foresteria Valdese, a religious hospice (Photo courtesy of the property)

You don't have to take vows of chastity and poverty or wear those itchy woolen robes to shack up in an Italian convent for as little as $30. You don't even have to be particularly religious.

 

Dining in Italy

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Sampling French cheeses on a food tour of Paris (Photo )

Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in Amalfi

 
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Sampling French cheeses on a food tour of Paris

Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits near Amalfi

 

Dining in Italy

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Sampling cheeses on a food tour (Photo )
Food tours
Amalfi Coast

Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars on the Amalfi Coast

 
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Wine tours
Amalfi Coast

Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits around Amalfi Coast

 
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Italian cooking class (Photo )
Cooking class
Amalfi Coast

Learn to cook Italian cuisine on the Amalfi Coast

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Farm stays
Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields

Stay on a working farm agriturismo near Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Stay on a working farm agriturismo near Capri and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 

Dining in Italy

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Italian cooking class (Photo by USAG Livorno PAO)

Learn to cook Italian cuisine on Capri

 
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Sampling cheeses on a food tour (Photo )

Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in Capri

 

Topics in Italy

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Festivals, holidays, traditions, and other events in Capri

 

Experiences in Italy

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Sampling cheeses on a food tour
Wine tours
Castelli Romani

Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits near Castelli Romani

 

Dining in Italy

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Sampling cheeses on a food tour (Photo )
Food tours
Castelli Romani

Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in Castelli Romani

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Farm stays
Cinque Terre

Stay on a working farm agriturismo near Cinque Terre and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 

Dining in Italy

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Sampling cheeses on a food tour (Photo )
Food tours
Cinque Terre

Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in the Cinque Terre

 
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Pretty Manarola
Wine tours
Cinque Terre

Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits near Cinque Terre

 
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Italian cooking class (Photo )
Cooking class
Cinque Terre

Learn to cook Italian cuisine in the Cinque Terre

 

Experiences in Italy

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Italian cooking class (Photo by USAG Livorno PAO)

Learn to cook Italian cuisine in Florence

 
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You can even learn how to make gelato in Florence (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)
Learn
Florence

From cookery classes to language lessons in Florence

 
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A fresco workshop (Photo courtesy of Viator)
Art class
Florence

Learn to paint, drawn, sculpt, or make ceramics in one of the world's great capitals of art

 
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ACF Fiorentina vs. AS Roma in the 2013 Copa d'Italia (Photo by Ver en vivo En Directo)
Attend a soccer match
Florence: Outskirts

Catching calcio fever

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Farm stays
Florence

Stay on a working farm agriturismo near Florence and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 

Dining in Italy

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Sample delicacies on a food tour of Florence (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)
Food tour
Florence

Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in Florence

 
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Who doesn't love gelato in Italy? (Photo )
Gelato
Florence

A gelato crawl to some of the best ice cream parlors in Florence

 
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Wine tours
Florence

Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits near Florence

 

Topics in Italy

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Calcio Storico, Azzurri Vs. Rossi, in 2008

Festivals, holidays, traditions, and other events in Florence

 

Dining in Italy

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Wine tours
Herculaneum

Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits near Herculaneum

 

Experiences in Italy

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Sampling cheeses on a food tour
Wine tours
Lazio lake district

Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits near Lazio lake district

 

Lodgings in Italy

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A room
Farm stays
Lazio lake district

Stay on a working farm agriturismo near Lazio lake district and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 

Dining in Italy

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Sampling cheeses on a food tour (Photo )
Food tours
Lazio lake district

Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in Lazio lake district

 

Experiences in Italy

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Italian cooking class
Learn
Milan

From cookery classes to language lessons in Milan

 
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Italian cooking class (Photo )

Learn to cook Italian cuisine in Milan

 
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Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits near Milan

 

Dining in Italy

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Sampling cheeses on a food tour (Photo )

Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in Milan

 

Experiences in Italy

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Learn
Naples

From cookery classes to language lessons in Naples

 

Dining in Italy

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Learn to cook in Naples (Photo )

Learn to cook Italian cuisine in Naples

 
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 (Photo courtesy of Viator.com)

Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in Naples

 
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Learn to cook in Naples

Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits near Naples

 

Experiences in Italy

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Sampling cheeses on a food tour (Photo )
Food tours
Paestum

Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in Paestum

 
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A tasting of four types of mozzarella (with salumi and bread) (Photo by Sandra)
Mozzarella farms
Near Paestum

The mozzarella farms of the Cliento coast

 

Experiences in Italy

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Sampling cheeses on a food tour

Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits near Parma

 
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Italian cooking class (Photo )

Learn to cook Italian cuisine in Parma

 

Dining in Italy

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Sampling cheeses on a food tour (Photo )

Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in Parma

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Stay on a working farm agriturismo near Pisa and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 

Dining in Italy

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Sampling cheeses on a food tour (Photo )

Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in Pisa

 

Topics in Italy

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Festivals, holidays, traditions, and other events in Pisa

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Farm stays
Pompeii

Stay on a working farm agriturismo near Pompeii and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 

Dining in Italy

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Sampling cheeses on a food tour (Photo )
Food tours
Pompeii

Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in Pompeii

 
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Sampling cheeses on a food tour
Wine tours
Pompeii

Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits near Pompeii

 

Dining in Italy

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Sampling French cheeses on a food tour of Paris (Photo )
Food tours
Positano

Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in Positano

 
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Sampling French cheeses on a food tour of Paris
Wine tours
Positano

Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits near Positano

 

Dining in Italy

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Wine tours
Ravello

Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits near Ravello

 

Topics in Italy

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A concert in the gardens of the Villa Rufolo (Photo courtesy of the Ravello Festival)
Ravello Festival
Downtown Ravello

An open-air music festival in the gardens of Ravello

 

Experiences in Italy

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The evening passeggiata on Via del Corso (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
Free

The evening passeggiata stroll on Via del Corso is Rome's quintessential see-and-be-seen event

 
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Pope Francis I greeting the flocks at a papal audience in Rome's St. Peter's Square (Photo courtesy of SMCS Music Office)
Free
Papal Audience
Rome: Vatican

How to get tickets to hang with his Holiness on St. Peter's Square in Rome

 
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Gladiators duke it out
Learn
Rome

From cookery classes to language lessons in Rome

 
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Italian cooking class (Photo by USAG Livorno PAO)

Learn to cook Italian cuisine in Rome

 
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The Contarelli Chapel with its Caravaggio paintings on "The Life of St. Matthew"

Attending mass in one of Rome's 900+ churches

 

Dining in Italy

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Who doesn't love gelato in Italy? (Photo by Robyn Lee)
Gelato
Rome

A gelato crawl to some of the best ice cream parlors in Rome, Italy

 
Aperitivi at Meo Pinelli (Photo courtesy of Meo Pinelli)

Bar hopping for free stuzzichini (snacks) and canapés during the aperitivo Happy Hour

 
Coda alla vaccinara (oxtail stew), a traditional dish made from the quinto quarto (Photo by emanuele75)

How slaughterhouse workers turned scraps into classic dishes

 
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Food tours of Rome (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in Rome

 
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Sipping wine in Rome (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits around Rome

 
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The ceiling in the piano nobile dining room (Photo by Maggi R.)
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L'Eau Vive
Rome: Tiber Bend

Fine French cuisine and a hymnal singalong provided by a lay sisterhood in a frescoed palazzo

 

Topics in Italy

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Festivals, holidays, traditions, and other events in Rome

 

Experiences in Italy

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Festivals, holidays, traditions, and other events in Sorrento

 
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Learn to cook in Paris
Learn
Sorrento

From cookery classes to language lessons in Sorrento

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Farm stays
Sorrento

Stay on a working farm agriturismo near Sorrento and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 

Dining in Italy

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Learn to cook in Paris (Photo )

Learn to cook Italian cuisine in Sorrento

 
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Sampling French cheeses on a food tour of Paris (Photo )
Food tours
Sorrento

Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in Sorrento

 
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Wine tours
Sorrento

Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits near Sorrento

 

Topics in Italy

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Lodgings in Italy

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Stay on a working farm agriturismo near Tivoli and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 

Experiences in Italy

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Italian cooking class (Photo by USAG Livorno PAO)

Learn to cook Italian cuisine in Venice

 
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An interactive installation in the Arsenale at the 2005 Venice Biennale art show (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
Biennale
Venice: San Marco

Every two years, Venice hosts the world's biggest and greatest exhibition of modern and contemporary art

 
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Celebrate Carnevale (Carnival) in Venice

 
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Learn the art of the Bellini at aperitivo hour (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)
Learn
Venice

From cookery classes to language lessons in Venice

 

Dining in Italy

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Nibble on cicchetti during a bacaro crawl in Venice (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in Venice

 
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Enjoy vino (or the classic Venetian spritz) on a wine tour of Venice (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits near Venice

 

Topics in Italy

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An interactive installation in the Arsenale at the 2005 Venice Biennale art show

Festivals, holidays, traditions, and other events in Venice

 

Dining in Italy

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Sampling cheeses on a food tour (Photo )
Food tours
Mt. Vesuvius

Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars around Mt. Vesuvius

 
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Sampling cheeses on a food tour
Wine tours
Mt. Vesuvius

Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits near Mt. Vesuvius

 

Dining in Italy

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Italian cooking class (Photo )
Cooking class
Vietri sul Mare

Learn to cook Italian cuisine in Vietri sul Mare

 
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    Useful Italian phrases

    Useful Italian for rail travel

    English (inglese) Italian (italiano)  Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
    Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
    ...train station la ferroviaria [or] la stazione lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah [or] lah stat-zee-YO-nay
    ticket un biglietto oon beel-YET-toh
    first class prima classe PREE-mah CLAH-say
    second class seconda classe say-CONE-dah CLAH-say
    one way solo andata SO-low ahn-DAHT-tah
    round trip (return) andata e ritorno ahn-DAH-tah ay ree-TOUR-noh
    Just the supplement Soltanto il supplemento soul-TAHN-toh eel sou-play-MEN-toh
    Just a seat reservation Soltanto una prenotazione soal-TAHN-toh oo-nah pray-no-tah-tsee-YOH-nay
    I have a Eurailpass Ho il Eurailpass oh eel YOO-rail-pahs
    sleeping couchette una cucetta oo-nah koo-CHET-tah
    berth in a sleeping car un posto nel vagone letto oon POH-sto nell vah-GOAN-nay LET-toh
    track binario been-AR-ree-yoh
    train treno TRE-no
    car (carriage) carozza ka-RO-tza
    seat posto PO-sto
    departures partenze par-TEN-zay
    arrivals arrivi ah-REE-vee
    information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay
    left luggage deposito bagagli day-PO-zee-toh ba-GAHL-yee
         
    punch your ticket timbrare il biglietto teem-BRA-ray eel beel-YET-toh
    Is this the right platform for the Rome train? E questo il binario per il treno à Roma? ay KWAY-sto eel been-AR-ree-yo pair eel TRE-no ah RO-ma? 
    delayed in retardo een ree-TAR-do
    strike sciopero SHO-pair-oh
         
    Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
    Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
    Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
    City / Train station names
    English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Main station
    Rome Roma Termini
    Florence Firenze Santa Maria Novella
    Venice Venezia Santa Lucia
    Milan Milano Centrale
    Genoa Genova Porta Principe
    Naples Napoli Centrale
    Leghorn Livorno Centrale
    Turin Torino Porta Nuova

    Useful Italian for air travel

    English (inglese) Italian  (italiano)   Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
    Where is... Dov'é doh-VAY
    the airport l'aeroporto LAHW-ro-port-oh
    the airplane l'aereo LAIR-reh-oh
    terminal terminal TEAR-me-nahl
    flight volo VOH-lo
    gate uscita d'imbarco oo-SHEE-tah deem-BARK-oh
    to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
    to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
    straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
    keep going straight sempre diritto SEM-pray dee-REE-toh
    departures partenze par-TEN-zay
    arrivals arrivi ah-REE-vee
    delayed in ritardo een ree-TAR-doh
    on time in orario een oh-RAH-ree-yo
    early in avanti een ah-VAHN-tee
    boarding imbarco eem-BARK-o
    connecting flight la coincidenza la ko-een-chee-DEN-za
    check-in accettazione ah-chet-ta-zee-YO-nee
    immigration controllo passaporti cone-TRO-lo pah-sa-POR-tee
    security check controllo di sicurezza kohn-TRO-lo dee see-kur-AY-tzah
    customs dogana do-GA-na
    shuttle la navetta lah na-VET-tah
    boarding pass carta d'imbarco kart-ta deem-BARK-o
    baggage claim ritiro bagagli ree-TEER-oh bah-GA-lyee
    carry-on luggage bagaglio à mano bah-GA-lyo ah MA_no
    checked luggage bagalio bah-GA-lyo

    Useful Italian for car travel

    English (inglese) Italian  (italiano)  Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
    car automobile ow-toh-MO-bee-lay
    scooter/motorboke un motorino oon mo-tair-EE-no
    gas station stazione di servizio stah-zee-YO-nay dee sair-VEE-tzee-yo
    gas benzina ben-ZEE-nah
    diesel gasolio [or] diesel gah-ZOH-lee-oh [or] DEE-zell
    Fill it up, please al pieno, per favore ahl pee-YAY-noh, pair fa-VOHR-ray
    Where is... Dov'é doh-VAY
    ...the highway l'autostrada lout-oh-STRA-dah
    ...the state highway la statale [written "SS"] lah sta-TAHL-eh
    ...the road for Rome la strada per Roma lah STRA-dah pair RO-mah
    to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
    to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
    straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
    keep going straight sempre diritto SEM-pray dee-REE-toh
    to cross attraversare ah-tra-vair-SAR-ay
    toll pedaggio peh-DA-jo
    parking parcheggio par-KEH-jo
    road map carta stradale kar-ta stra-DA-lay
    where can I pay the fine? dove posso pagare la multa DOH-veh Po-so pag-GAR-ray la MOOL-tah


    Typical road signs / terms » more

    English (anglais) French (français) 
    Stop Stop
    Exit  Uscita
    Staffic light Semaforo
    One-way Senso unico
    Dead-end Strada senza uscita
    Parking prohibited No parcheggio or parcheggio proibito
    Pedestrian zone Area pedonale
    Limited Traffic Zone (you pay to drive in) ZTL or Zona Traffico Limitato

    Basic phrases in Italian

    English (inglese) Italian (italiano) pro-nun-see-YAY-shun
    thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
    please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
    yes si see
    no no no
    Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
    I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
    I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
    How much is it? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
    That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
         
    Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
    Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
    Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
    Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
    Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
    Excuse me (to get past someone) Permesso pair-MEH-so
         
    Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
    ...the bathroom il bagno eel BHAN-yoh
    ...train station la ferroviaria lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah
    to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
    to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
    straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
    information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay

    Days, months, and other calendar items in Italian

    English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
    When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
    When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
    At what time... a che ora a kay O-rah
         
    Yesterday ieri ee-YAIR-ee
    Today oggi OH-jee
    Tomorrow domani doh-MAHN-nee
    Day after tomorrow dopo domani DOH-poh doh-MAHN-nee
         
    a day un giorno oon je-YOR-no
    Monday Lunedí loo-nay-DEE
    Tuesday Martedí mar-tay-DEE
    Wednesday Mercoledí mair-coh-lay-DEE
    Thursday Giovedí jo-vay-DEE
    Friday Venerdí ven-nair-DEE
    Saturday Sabato SAH-baa-toh
    Sunday Domenica doh-MEN-nee-ka
         
    Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
    Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
    Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
         
    a month una mese oon-ah MAY-zay
    January gennaio jen-NAI-yo
    February febbraio feh-BRI-yo
    March marzo MAR-tzoh
    April aprile ah-PREEL-ay
    May maggio MAH-jee-oh
    June giugno JEW-nyoh
    July luglio LOO-lyoh
    August agosto ah-GO-sto
    September settembre set-TEM-bray
    October ottobre oh-TOE-bray
    November novembre no-VEM-bray
    December dicembre de-CHEM-bray

    Numbers in Italian

    English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
    1 uno OO-no
    2 due DOO-way
    3 tre tray
    4 quattro KWAH-troh
    5 cinque CHEEN-kway
    6 sei say
    7 sette SET-tay
    8 otto OH-toh
    9 nove NO-vay
    10 dieci dee-YAY-chee
    11 undici OON-dee-chee
    12 dodici DOH-dee-chee
    13 tredici TRAY-dee-chee
    14 quattordici kwa-TOR-dee-chee
    15 quindici KWEEN-dee-chee
    16 sedici SAY-dee-chee
    17 diciasette dee-chee-ya-SET-tay
    18 diciotto dee-CHO-toh
    19 diciannove dee-chee-ya-NO-vay
    20 venti VENT-tee
    21* vent'uno* vent-OO-no
    22* venti due* VENT-tee DOO-way
    23* venti tre* VENT-tee TRAY
    30 trenta TRAYN-tah
    40 quaranta kwa-RAHN-tah
    50 cinquanta cheen-KWAN-tah
    60 sessanta say-SAHN-tah
    70 settanta seh-TAHN-tah
    80 ottanta oh-TAHN-tah
    90 novanta no-VAHN-tah
    100 cento CHEN-toh
    1,000 mille MEEL-lay
    5,000 cinque milla CHEEN-kway MEEL-lah
    10,000 dieci milla dee-YAY-chee MEEL-lah


    * You can use this formula for all Italian ten-place numbers—so 31 is trent'uno, 32 is trenta due, 33 is trenta tre, etc. Note that—like uno (one), otto (eight) also starts with a vowel—all "-8" numbers are also abbreviated (vent'otto, trent'otto, etc.).