Common Italian Phrases for Travelers

Nothing exudes romance quite like floating in a Venice gondola, whispering sweet Italian nothings in your love's ear. For those who don't know any Italian whatsoever, common Italian phrases just might come in handy. AOL Travel has compiled 15 of the most common Italian phrases to help take the metro to the Coliseum in Rome, spot haute couture in Milan or chat with the locals in Palermo. Buon viaggio!

Must Know Travel TermsCommon Italian PhrasesPhrase Pronunciation
PleasePer favore"pear fa-vo-re"
Thank YouGrazie"grat-ze-ay"
Excuse MeMi scusi"me scoo-zy"
Do you speak English?Parla inglese"par-lah ing-less-e"
Can you help me?Potete aiutarli?"poh-tete ay-u-tarli"
I don't knowIo non lo so"io no lo so"
I wantVorrei"vo-rei"
How much?Quanto costa"kwanto costa"
Where isDov'è?"doe-ve"
bathroom/restaurant/hotella toilette/ristorante/l'hotel"la toilette/ristorante/l'otel"
Taxi pleaseIl taxi per favore"il taxi pear fa-vo-re"
Where can I find a doctorDov'è posso trovare un dottore"doe-ve posso tro-va-re un do-to-re"

Touring Italy with common Italian phrases under your belt can give you an idea of the real Italy. If you're on your way to see David in Florence, walk the halls of parmigiano reggiano cheese makers in Parma or any other glorious Italian locale, print out these common Italian phrases as a "cheat sheet". And for those who are looking to brush up on more essential common Italian phrases, there are Italian translations books available to meet your needs. It will be only a matter of time before you're deftly ordering a margherita pizza in Naples in honor of the colors of the Italian flag.
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