Flirty Italian Phrases

It’s been over two years since Eleonora first shared her cheeky guide for “Italian Curse Words not Needed: Useful Words and Phrases.” Travel Belles, we think it’s time for the next step.

Italian men are known for their wooing techniques, and American women are frequently warned of the ploys of the flirtatious Italian ragazzi. But why wait passively for the inevitable seduction? Here are a few key Italian love phrases women traveling in Italy can use in every occasion, to take charge of the conversation situation.

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Dove sei stato tutta la mia vita? {DOHve · say · STAHtoe · TOOtah · la · MEEah · VEEtah}
Where have you been all my life?

Mi fai sciogliere come gelato al sole. {me · fahEE · SHOyehRE · KOHmey · JElahTOE · ahl · SOHley}
You make me melt like ice cream in the sun.

Qual’è la tua vespa la fuori? {kwalEH · lah · TOOah · VESSpah · lah · foo OH ree?}
Which one’s your vespa parked outside?

After the 3rd date
Tesoro mio… {tehZORRO · meeOH}
My treasure…

Sono pazza di te. {SOHknow · PAHtza · dee · teh}
I am crazy about you.

Mi piace il tuo appartamento. {me · PEEatche · eel · TOOoh · AHppartMEHNtoe}
I like your apartment.

In the bedroom
Finalmente soli {feeNAHLmenTAY · SOHlee}
Alone at last

Spogliati! {SPOHyeeAHtee}
Take your clothes off!

Spogliami! {SPOHyeeAHmee}
Take my clothes off!

Svegliati, e ricominciamo {svehYAHtee · eh · reeKOHMeenCHAHmoe}
Wake up, and get back to business

On the phone
Ti penso sempre. {tee · PEHNsow · SEMpray}
I’m always thinking of you.

Mi manchi! {me · MAHNkey}
I miss you!

Ho comprato il biglietto aereo. {OH · kohmPRAHtoe · eel · beejEHtoe · AHehREHoh}
I bought my airline ticket.

With his parents
Amo vostro figlio. {AHmoe · VOHStroe · FEEyo}
I’m in love with your son.

Sono una ragazza tutta casa e chiesa… giuro! {SOHknow · OOnah · rahGAHtza · TOOTtah · CAHsa · eh · KEYehsah… JEWrow}
I’m a real “hearth and home” gal… I swear!

Non saprò mai cucinare come lei, Signora. {known · SAHproh · MAHee · kooCHInahREY · KOHme · lay · seeNIOrah}
I’ll never be able to cook as well as you, Ma’am.

At the altar
Si lo voglio. {SEE · loh · voYO}
I do.

Per sempre. {pehr · SEHMpreh}

Sei mio adesso. {SAY · meeOH · adehSOH}
You’re mine now.

*Photo by Sergey Ivanov


  1. says

    Oh this cracks me up! :-) If I weren’t already taken, I’d totally try some of these. Don’t know if I could do it without laughing though. :-)

  2. says

    Eleonora, thank you for this, it really made me laugh! Italian charmers are irresistible, and the Italian mating game is so much fun – also thanks to the sweetness of the Italian language. I remember a couple of years ago when my Italian cousin came to New York for a 3-week visit, he didn’t speak almost any English, and guess what phrases he wanted to learn first? “Hi. You’re gorgeous. Let’s make love. Goodbye.” And you bet he used them, although it didn’t work that well in the streets of Manhattan 😀

  3. dee says

    Hi there. my name is dee. i found your site as i was browsing for anything Italian. Im Americano. 6months ago I met the dream man of my life. we met in another country- both on vacation. It was love at first site. We had 2 wonderful memorable nights. I miss him so so so much. I gave him my card and did not take his info as he promised to get in touch by email at least even to share pictures. So I was sure I would hear from him, besides the amazing time we had. But still 6months later- no email no contact.
    Im at a point where I want to take a leap and come to Naples to search for him. I cant find him anywhere online…my heart aches for this man and i cant get him out of my mind. i have to believe he lost the card with my info. i hate that i didnt take his contacts, please do you have any suggestions on how i can find this love of my life? is there any equivalent to a yellow pages for Italiy? how do i find this Italian man from Naples?
    any help? i would love to use this lines you have posted—>>

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