How to Say Goodbye in Italian

by Laurie Brenner
A visit to Palermo, Italy, is incomplete if you don't know how to say "goodbye" in Italian.

A visit to Palermo, Italy, is incomplete if you don't know how to say "goodbye" in Italian.

Italian is the official language of Italy, so if you plan to visit the country, it helps to know some Italian phrases so you can say "goodbye." The more ways you learn to say goodbye, the less you'll sound like a novice and tourist. As a physically expressive people, Italians use gestures and facial expressions with their words to convey their feelings in an open and exuberant way. The familiar greeting in Italian – whether you’re just coming in or leaving -- is *ciao*, which is pronounced like the word “chow.” But *ciao* is typically used among peers and close friends; as a tourist you might prefer a more formal way of saying goodbye.

ArrivederLa or Goodbye

“Until we see each other again” is reduced to one word in Italian: *arrivederLa*, which is a formal way to say goodbye. An informal way of saying goodbye is to say *arrivederci* or to tell the other person, “see you soon,” or, *a presto*, pronounced “ah press tow.” In more formal situations when you are taking your leave, shake the person's hand and say, *buon giorno* to mean "good morning" or *buona sera* to say "good evening."

Other Ways to Say Goodbye

When you become more familiar with someone, you can also say, “see you later” with *a dopo* or “see you tomorrow” by saying *a domani*. Friends might say, *alla prossima*, instead, which means “until next time.” For more casual farewells, you can say, *ci vediamo* for “see you”, *ci vediamo piu tardi* or *a piu tardi* for "see you later," *stammi bene* for "take care" or a simple "goodbye": *addido*.

About the Author

As a native Californian, artist, businessperson, contractor, journalist and published author, Laurie Reeves began writing professionally in 1975. She has written for newspapers, magazines, online publications and sites. In 2003, she and her husband moved into the home she designed, they built and decorated. Reeves graduated from San Diego's Coleman College.

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