Saying goodbye in Italian is something you need to learn in order to master the language.
You can use different phrases for different situations and it’s important to know when you can use a formal or informal goodbye.
How to say Goodbye in Italian
Greetings differ from culture to culture and from situation to situation.
So, how to say goodbye in Italian?
In general, besides ‘arrivederci,’ you have probably heard phrases like ‘arrivederla’ which is a formal goodbye, and it means ‘until next time,’ or ‘alla prossima,’ which can be used as a casual goodbye in Italian.
Goodbye in Italian: Arrivederci
Arrivederci is a good way to say goodbye in Italian.
It can be used in any informal situation and it’s a good way to end the conversation with your friends.
It literally means ‘until we see each other again,’ directly implying that you will meet again.
It’s mostly a routine greeting and you will hear it almost everywhere. If you’re in a formal environment though, you will want to use ‘arrivederla.’
‘A domani’ means ‘see you tomorrow.’
You can use it when you’re leaving the office, or when you’re saying goodbye to the barista after you get your coffee.
It’s simply implying that the same routine will happen again.
This goodbye in Italian means ‘see you soon.’
You can use it when you are leaving a friend’s house or when you run into your co-worker on the street.
The warmth of this greeting is contextual: it can be matter-of-fact or not.
If you are leaving people you care about, the weight of the implied hope of meeting again depends on the shared affection, but certainly hope colors it.
Ci Vediamo Presto!
‘Ci vediamo presto’ meand ‘we’ll meet each other again.’
Use it when you know you are going to see the other person again, or when you hope you will.
You can also use ‘ci sentiamo presto,’ which means ‘we’ll hear from each other again,’ or ‘a risentirci presto,’ meaning ‘talk soon.’
The latter ones can be successfully used in a phone conversation.
Meaning ‘until next time,’ or ‘to the next time,’ it can be used when you are looking forward to the next meeting you will have with the person, regardless of when that may be.
You can use this greeting with friends and acquaintances and it leaves the future unknown.
You may not be sure when you’ll meet again, but you are sure you will.
‘Buonanotte’ simply means ‘good night.’ It’s a good phrase to use before you are going to bed.
If you’re leaving a conversation early though, and it’s expected to resume in the morning, you can say ‘buona serata,’ as a ‘good evening.’
This goodbye in Italian literally means ‘come back soon.’
You may use it from friends and acquaintances you made in your trip to Italy or when you’re leaving a coffee shop.
There is also ‘torna presto a trovarci’ which means ‘come visit us again soon.’
You can use this phrase whenever someone is leaving on a trip.
It means ‘have a nice trip,’ and you’re wishing that upon them.
You may hear it when you tell your Italian friends that you are going back home.
You can also use one of these:
- Buono studio – Good luck with your studies
- Buon lavoro – Good luck with your work
- Buona Giornata – Have a good day
- Buona serata – Have a good evening
- Buon divertimento – Have a good time
- Buon rientro – Have a safe return
When you’re saying ‘buon proseguimento,’ you’re saying ‘good pursuits.’
The phrase is a wish for you to enjoy the rest of whatever you were doing when the conversation with your interlocutor started, be it resuming a trip, or continuing a walk, or continuing a visit with someone.
You may hear it after someone comes to talk to you when you’re in a restaurant, or when they stop you on the street to say hello.
‘Addio’ means ‘farewell.’
Even though it’s supposed to be a final goodbye, in many places around Italy, such as Tuscany, it’s used on a regular basis, as a normal goodbye in Italian.
You may want to see how the locals are using it before actually using it.
Here’s a beautiful art song by F. P. Tosti named “Addio” sung by the Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi. Lyrics here.
Other ways to say goodbye in Italian
Of course, there are a few more variations of goodbye in Italian you can use, but it’s very situational.
For example, if you want to tell your hosts how much you enjoyed everything, you can say ‘mi è piaciuto multo,’ which can be translated as ‘I had a great time,’ or ‘I liked it a lot.’
It’s not a traditional phrase, but you can show your appreciation through it.
You can also say ‘è stata una bellissima giornata (visita, serata)’ to express how much you enjoyed the day, visit or night together with your hosts.
Goodbye, hello, how are you
Out of all these ways to say goodbye in Italian you will definitely find one to use in every situation!
Now that you know how to say goodbye in Italian, other basic Italian expressions that you need to know are: