How to Say "I Love You" in Italian - 5 Ways of Expressing Romantic Interest in the Italian Language

How to Say "I Love You" in Italian - 5 Ways of Expressing Romantic Interest in the Italian Language

Love is seen as a universal language. Almost everybody has to express love every day to someone. Certain languages are seen as romantic, and Italian specifically is often referred to as “the language of love.”

So.. without further ado:

How To Say "I love you" in Italian 

Being able to say common phrases to express love in different languages is a valuable trait to have. The Italian phrase for “I love you” is “ti amo,” which is similar to the Spanish phrase “te amo.” It is pronounced something like [tee ahmo] or [ti amo].

(Cognates like these help you learn faster. So if you can think up of a cognate, always do so!)

If you are planning a trip to Italy, knowing how to say that you love someone is important, and there are many different ways to do so.

In Italian, expressions of love can either be formal or informal. They are either very simple or straight out of a fairy tale. Regardless of the situation, there are many ways to say “I love you” to someone important to you.

Four Other Ways of Expressing Love in the Italian Language

Ti voglio bene - I love you a lot

Here, the conjugation of “ti amo” brings a phrase to express how deep one’s feelings are. This informal phrase could be used on a potential love interest or a family member or friend. It directly translates to, “I want good things for you.”

In our typical conversational English, we typically would shorten this phrase. This is used much more frequently to native Italian speakers than simply, “ti amo.”

Italian frequency dictionaries

The Italian Frequency Dictionaries are a great source if you want to learn Italian vocabulary effectively. They offer 10,000 most common Italian words together with a translation, pronunciation and basic grammar. What is more, you'll find an example sentence translated into English in every entry.

Mi sento attratto/attratta da te - I'm attracted to you

For the romantics of the world, this phrase can be used to sweep someone off their feet. It’s the perfect way to know that special someone know how you feel.

This phrase is a combination of poetic and straightforward. The point comes across while at the same time adding that extra spark.

Ti adoro - I adore you

This is another very versatile phrase. It is quite short and simple, and is taken directly from the root phrase “ti amo.” This can be used either familiarly or romantically.

Perhaps you are talking to a friend about how much you adore them. Perhaps you are talking to a love interest and want them to know how deep your feelings run.

Either way, this is a staple phrase that can be used in many versatile situations. 

Ti amo papà/ti amo mamma - I love you daddy/I love you mommy

Here, the expressions of love towards parents are quite informal compared to other languages, such as Spanish. These are short phrases and do not do much to the root phrase “ti amo.” It is always important to remind your parents that you love them.

This video link will further help with pronunciation:


These phrases will allow you to let those around you know your true feelings for them. If you would like to sweep someone off their feet, perhaps writing a song or poem in Italian with these expressions will do the trick.

It’s easy to get caught up in everyday life, but it is important to remember to tell those you care about that you love them.

Expressing your love in another language just shows how far you are willing to go to express and prove those emotions!

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