I love you in Italian – Phrases about love in Italian


Love it’s the deepest, strongest feeling we could ever have. Everybody’s journey in life is touched by love. We can all agree that Italians are romantic, they are passionate and lovable, extremely open and expressive. Italians do not only love, they spread love, they share love, they talk love.

It’s not surprising that Italian is considered as the most romantic language in the world. It is so because people are not ashamed of expressing their strong affection for one another, they love to compliment you, to boost your confidence, to make you feel desired.

To express love in Italian you can’t not be romantic. That’s why you need to learn how to say I love you in Italian and some phrases about love that will definitely come in handy if you want to charm your Italian crush and better your flirting skills.

How to say I love you in Italian

There are two main ways to say I love you in Italian: you can say ti amo to your partner, but to a friend or family member you should only say ti voglio bene.

It’s really important to learn them if you don’t want to say the wrong words to the wrong person. Saying ti amo to a friend means you love them romantically.

Ti amo.

I love you.

Used for a spouse/partner

Ti voglio bene.

I love you.

(literally: I wish you well)

Used for friends/family

There are many other ways to express love in Italian, let’s see the most common ones.

Italian phrases about love

Here are some Italian phrases about love that will help you express your affection to your Italian partner:

Ti amo tanto.

I love you so much.

Ti voglio tanto bene.

I love you so much. (I wish you well)

Ti adoro.

I adore you.

Sono pazzo/a di te.

I’m crazy for you.

Mi manchi.

I miss you.

Ti amerò per sempre.

I will love you forever.

Sono attratto/a da te.

I’m attracted to you.

Sono follemente innamorato/a.

I’m crazy in love.

Mi piaci davvero tanto.

I really like you a lot.

Sono innamorato/a cotto/a.

I’m completely crazy in love.

È stato un colpo di fulmine.

It has been a love struck.

È amore a prima vista.

It’s love at first sight.

Sei il mio unico vero amore.

You are my one true love.

Sei la mia anima gemella.

You are my soulmate.

Ti penso ogni giorno!

I think of you every day!

Sono innamorato di te!

I’m in love with you!

And if things become more serious you may want to learn the following common phrases about love in Italian:

Mi vuoi sposare?/Sposami!
Will you marry me? /Marry me!

Voglio passare il resto della mia vita con te.
I want to spend the rest of my life with you.

Sei l’unico/a per me.
You are the only one for me.

Mi hai cambiato la vita.
You changed my life.

Tesoro, dammi un bacio.
Kiss me, darling.

Baciami e abbracciami come mai prima!
Kiss me and hug me like never before.

Sono sempre stato attratto/a da te.
I’ve always been attracted to you.

Non posso vivere senza di te.
I can’t live without you.

Sei il grande amore della mia vita.
You are the love of my life.

Ti voglio sempre al mio fianco.
I want you always by my side.

Italian phrases for a date

At the beginning of every love story there has been a first date, il primo appuntamento. Here are some Italian phrases about love, both practical and romantic for a date in Italy:

Ti piacerebbe andare a cena con me?

Would you like to have dinner with me?

Sei libero/a questo fine settimana?

Are you free this weekend?

Vorresti uscire con me stasera?

Would you like to go out with me tonight?

A che ora ci vediamo domani?

What time shall we meet tomorrow?

Dove ci incontriamo?

Where shall we meet?

Conosco un bel posto. Ti va di prendere un aperitivo?

I know a good place. Do you want to get an aperitif?

Qual è il tuo numero di telefono?

What’s your phone number?

Ti chiamerò.

I’ll call you.

Ci vediamo di nuovo?

Will we meet again?

Quando posso rivederti?

When can I see you again?

È stata una serata fantastica.

It was a great evening.

Ti accompagno a casa.

I will walk you home.

Passo a prenderti alle 9.

I’ll pick you up at 9pm

È stato un piacere stare con te.

It was a pleasure being with you.

Ho trascorso una splendida giornata con te.

I spent a wonderful day with you.

Grazie per la bellissima serata.

Thank you for the great night.

What do you call your lover in Italian?

Be careful translating literally lover in Italian, because usually amante is used referring to extramarital affairs! Instead, there are so many sweet words and terms of affection to call your lover in Italian. Here are some of them:

Amore (mio) – My love, my beloved

Tesoro (mio) – My treasure

Gioia (mia) – My joy

Cuore (mio) – My heart

Caro (mio) /Cara (mia) – My dear

Cucciolo/a – puppy

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They are all used in a caring and loving way, meaning “darling”. If you are looking for more official names to call your partner in Italian, then you may want to use one of the following:

Il mio ragazzo – my boyfriend

La mia ragazza – my girlfriend

Il mio fidanzato – my fiancé or my boyfriend

La mia fidanzata – my fiancée or my girlfriend

Mia moglie – my wife

Mio marito – my husband

Il mio partner / la mia partner – my partner

Il mio compagno / la mia compagna – my partner

La mia dolce metà – my sweet half

Common gifts for your lover in Italian

Even though learning how to say I love you in Italian and all the romantic phrases will be already the sweetest gift you could ever do to your Italian lover, you may want to add some flowers or chocolates to express your love.

Some vocabulary for common gifts for your dolce metà:

Un mazzo di fiori

A bouquet of flowers

Un mazzo di rose

A bouquet of roses

Una scatola di cioccolatini

A box of chocolates

I gioielli


Una collana

A necklace

Un anello

A ring

Un bracciale

A bracelet

Una cena romantica

A romantic dinner

How to compliment someone in Italian

Love is shown also with compliments. You should always compliment people in Italy. It makes them feel good, it makes you feel good too. It’s all about positive vibes, about caring for each other’s well-being.

If you can make someone’s day better by just saying aloud what you really mean about them, don’t hide it, say it openly in the best way possible.

Here you will find some ways to compliment people in Italian.

Stai benissimo/а.

Stai proprio bene.

You look great.

Sei bellissimo/a.

You are handsome/beautiful.

Sei così carino/a.

You are so cute.

Che bellо/а che sei!

How beautiful you are!

Che gentile! /Come sei gentile!

You are very kind!

Che occhi splendidi!

What splendid eyes!

Ti vedo in ottima forma!

You are in great shape!

Bellissimo il cappello!

Your hat is very beautiful.

Hai uno stile molto elegante.

You have a very elegant style.

Mi piace tantissimo il tuo taglio di capelli.

I really like your haircut.

Mi sembri una persona molto profonda.

You seem to me a very profound person.

Mi piaci.

I like you.

Once you give some of these compliments to people, believe me they will give back to you the same amount of love.

Say I love you with Italian songs

L’amore è dappertutto. Love is everywhere. Wherever you go, whatever you do.

And what’s the best way to give love and to receive love if not through music?

A good way to learn more phrases about love in Italian is through music, since basically all Italian songs talk about love.

Start listening to Baciami ancora, A te, Grande Amore or Caruso, just to mention a few. And don’t forget the most touching, worldwide known, “Con te partirò also known as Time to say goodbye by the best opera singer Andrea Bocelli.

Sing an Italian song and spread the love!

By: Lucia Aiello

Lucia Aiello is one of the co-founders of LearnItalianGo. Born and raised in Italy, she is a passionate Italian teacher and language enthusiast.