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How to Say “Beautiful” in Italian

If you’re visiting Italy, you’ll have many reasons to use the word “beautiful” and its synonyms. 

From the landscapes and buildings to the food and the people, la bellezza  (beauty) is everywhere.  

In this post, you’ll learn 41 different ways to say “beautiful” in Italian, along with some phrases and expressions about beauty. 

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How to Say “Beautiful” in Italian

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Bello, bellissimo and molto bello are three of the most common ways Italians say “beautiful.” We’ll go over each one below. 

Bello (Beautiful)

The most straightforward way to say “beautiful” in Italian is bello. You’ve surely heard this word before in the phrase “Ciao, bello!”  (Hi/Bye, handsome!) or, when directed toward a female, “Ciao, bella!”  (Hi/Bye, beautiful!).

Viviamo nel Paese più bello del mondo,

We live in the most beautiful country of the world,

As you can see, the ending of this Italian adjective changes depending on the gender and number of the noun it describes:

AdjectiveFormExample
bello masculine singular un uomo bello  (a handsome man)
bella feminine singular una donna bella (a beautiful woman)
belli masculine plural uomini belli (handsome men)
belle feminine plural donne belle (beautiful women)

This adjective can come before or after the noun. When it comes before the noun, it follows the rules of the definite articles

For example, to describe a singular masculine noun starting with a vowel, you would change bello to bell’: un bell’amico (a beautiful [male] friend). Check out this article to learn more about how to use bello before nouns. 

We also use bello to mean “nice,” “good” and “fine,” among other things.

Bellissimo (Very beautiful)

Sometimes, using bello alone just doesn’t cut it.  When you need something a little stronger, you can add the suffix -issimo to create the superlative of the adjective. For example: 

un tramonto bellissimo (a very beautiful sunset)
una giornata bellissima (a very beautiful day)
bellissimi sorrisi (very beautiful smiles)
bellissime scarpe (very beautiful shoes)

Il borgo era bellissimo anche prima, però nascosto.

The village was beautiful even before, but (it was) hidden.

Molto bello (Very beautiful)

You can also use the adverb molto (very) before bello to say “very beautiful.” This phrase always follows the noun:

un vestito molto bello (a very beautiful dress)
una serata molto bella (a very beautiful evening)
paesaggi molto belli (very beautiful landscapes)
rose molto belle (very beautiful roses)

Other Ways to Say “Beautiful” in Italian

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If you really want to sound like a local, you can’t just go around calling everything you see bello or bellissimo. 

To help you expand your descriptive vocabulary, I’ve compiled a list of 18 other ways to describe things that are beautiful or pleasing

ItalianEnglish
attraente attractive
belloccio good-looking
stupendo stunning
incantevole lovely
grazioso pretty/lovely
carino cute
raggiante radiant
meraviglioso marvelous
magnifico magnificent
divino divine
elegante elegant
indescrivibile indescribable
luminoso luminous
scintillante sparkling
celestiale heavenly
avvenente appealing
incantevole enchanting
eccezionale exceptional

Don’t forget to adjust the endings of these adjectives as needed. For example:

La vista dal balcone è stupenda. (The view from the balcony is stunning.)

Hanno due bambine carine. (They have two cute little girls.)

Le donne alla festa indossavano abiti molto eleganti. (The women wore very elegant dresses to the party.)

Beautiful Expressions in Italian

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To go along with your new vocabulary words for describing beautiful things, here are some Italian phrases and expressions about beauty:

If you can slip some of these into your daily conversations, your Italian friends or acquaintances will surely be impressed!

How to Practice “Beautiful” in Italian

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Aside from studying the vocabulary, the best way to learn how to say “beautiful” and talk about beautiful things in Italian is by consuming authentic content made by and for native speakers. 

This will show you exactly how Italians use words like bello and bellissimo in the context of a conversation. 

Italian TV shows and movies are great for hearing these words and phrases in context. Italian music is also a fun way to practice. A virtual immersion platform like FluentU is another option.

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I also find that using a good flashcard app is a super easy and effective way to practice new vocabulary wherever you are. 

 

If you’re looking for more beauty, check out these 200+ beautiful Italian words to add to your vocabulary.

With some practice, you’ll be able to appreciate all things attractive and appealing with confidence and ease.

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