There are many ways to say I love you in Italian because it’s a very romantic language.
You can express your affection towards your significant other or family with these expressions.
How to say I love you in Italian?
Degrees of affection is important in the Italian language.
Despite the fact that Italians have a reputation for being passionate people, the language makes fundamental distinctions between romantic and family love.
If you trust Google translate to give you a literal translation of how to say “I love you” in Italian to English, you’ll miss all the delightful, intriguing nuance.
And buy yourself a little embarrassment into the bargain.
As a romantic language, Italian has a variety of common phrases that range from cheesy to adorable.
Let’s go and take a look at the many Italian phrases you can use to say I love you and of course, when to use them.
I love you in Italian to your boyfriend or girlfriend
- Ti amo – I love you
By saying ‘ti amo’ you can easily express your love in the Italian language.
It’s one of the most common Italian love phrases but it’s only used for romantic relationships, meaning you may not want to use it with your friends and family.
Sono innamorato (innamorata) di te
I’m in love with you
When you want to tell your soulmate that you’re in love with her (or him), simply use this sentence.
Indeed, I love you is not the same as I’m in love with you in Italian, because these two things are fundamentally different.
Mi piaci molto
I really like you
This one is for when everything starts. You may want to tell someone how much you like them before feelings start settling in.
Significhi tutto per me
You mean everything to me
This is something very nice to tell someone very important in your life.
Sei l’amore della mia vita
You’re the love of my life
Use this sentence to express very deep feelings towards your romantic partner.
Sei il mio angelo
You’re my angel
Without a doubt, some people come into our lives as blessings and this is the best way to express it.
Sei importante per me
You are important to me
Very straightforward, say this to someone who is very important to you. And mean it!
Even though it sounds dramatic, this is sometimes the case.
Sono tutto tuo / tua
I’m all yours
You can definitely tell this to your significant other. Of course, it involves a certain level of commitment, but it’s beautiful in Italian!
Ti ho chiuso nel mio cuore
I’ve closed you in my heart
Even though it may sound weird in English, this is the Italian way to say that ‘you’re always in my heart.’
Sei il mio pensiero preferito
You’re my favorite thought
And what better way to tell someone that they’re all you’re thinking about than ‘sei il mio pensiero preferito’?
Voglio invecchiare con te
I want to grow old with you
What’s a better way of saying I love you in Italian than committing your life to one person?
Potrei fissare i tuoi bellissimi occhi in eterno
I can gaze into your beautiful eyes forever
This can be used to express that you literally want to spend the rest of your life with someone.
Ho preso una sbandata per te
I have a crush on you
Even though most times it’s not something you may want to say, it’s good to know in case the moment comes.
Per favore, ricordati di me
Please remember/think of me
It doesn’t have to be a goodbye, but this can be used whenever you and your loved one are going into different ways, maybe in the case of a long-distance relationship.
I love you in Italian to your family
Unlike English, I love you in Italian is not the same for lovers and family members.
Ti voglio bene
I want you well
If you’re looking for ways to express your love towards your friends and family, ‘ti voglio bene’ is definitely the way to go.
Literally, it simply means ‘I want you well.’
Although in English it may not make a lot of sense, it’s a very popular choice for expressing platonic love in Italian.
You can use it with virtually anyone: lovers, friends, family, and pets.
Ti voglio un mondo di bene
I want a world of good for you
This is an expansion of the previous one.
It can be used whenever you want to express how important someone is to you and that you really want the best for them.
Sei il mio tesoro
You’re my treasure
Even though this may seem a little odd in English, it’s something real in Italian. It’s a great way to show your love towards your partner.
Sei un gioiello
You’re a jewel
Same as with ‘sei il mio tesoro,’ you can use this to express how much you appreciate someone being in your life.
Again, may sound odd in English, but it’s a good phrase to use in Italian.
I admire you
Admiring someone can definitely be a form of appreciation and it’s great to let people know how important they are.
Nessuno / nessuna è come te
No one is like you
In the Italian language you can use ‘nessuno/nessuna e come te’ when you want to express how unique and important someone is to you.
How do you express love in Italian?
There are more than a few Italian phrases that can be used to express love.
Italians are family-focused prone to engage in cheek kissing and embrace public displays of affection.
While you may not want to immediately engage in grandiose public displays of affection with your romantic partner, learning how to partake in the Italian ritual of cheek kissing, or il bacetto, is a nice place to start.
Italian expressions that you will love
Saying I love you in Italian can be a difficult job and you need to know what’s the right phrase to use in a certain moment and don’t risk a few moments of embarrassment.
When your love comes to an end, it’s time to say goodbye in Italian.
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