“I Love You” in Italian and 80 Other Expressions

“I love you” is one of the most beautiful phrases in any language. 

Ti amo or ti voglio bene are common ways to say “I love you” in Italian.

But there are many other ways to express your love and care for someone, whether it’s a romantic partner, family member or close friend.

In this post, you’ll learn over 60 ways to express the warmth in your heart, along with 20 sappy quotes and sayings about love in Italian. 


How to Say “I Love You” in Italian


Ti amo.

Ti amo is the Italian superstar of love expressions. It’s often used to express that blissful, romantic love we all hope to experience.

Although romantic partners are the ones most likely to use this phrase, you can also hear parents say this to their children. Even siblings and close friends can say ti amo to each other without batting an eyelash!

Ti voglio bene.

While the modern usage of ti amo extends beyond romantic love, there’s another option. If you want to express your affection to someone you have platonic feelings for and want to leave no room for interpretation regarding what you mean, you can say ti voglio bene instead.

It translates to “I love you,” but its literal meaning is “I want you well.” This is the phrase often used to show love to family members and close friends. See it sung by this adorable little girl:

Una rosa perché ti voglio bene.

A rose because I love you.

How to Say “I Love You Very Much”


To add depth to ti amo or ti voglio bene, tack on  molto (very) to either phrase. This small word brings each declaration up a notch.

Just remember how Italian sentences are structured and add molto after the verb:

Ti amoTi amo molto
(I love you → I love you very much)

Ti voglio beneTi voglio molto bene
(I love you → I love you very much)

More Expressions to Declare Your Love


Italian culture is super romantic, so of course there are many more than two ways to express your love! Use these romantic expressions to make your crush blush or your partner swoon: 

Ti amo, bellissimo.
Ti amo, bellissima.
I love you, handsome.
I love you, beautiful.
Io ti amo di più. I love you more.
Ti amo, tesoro mio. I love you, my darling.
Ti amo più della mia vita. I love you more than life itself.
Ti amerò per sempre. I'll always love you.
Sono follemente innamorato di te.
Sono follemente innamorata di te.
I'm madly in love with you.
Ti amo con tutto il cuore. I love you with all my heart.
Ti amo infinitamente. I love you infinitely.
Ti amo con ogni fibra del mio essere. I love you with every fiber of my being.
Penso di amarti. I think I love you.
Sono innamorato (pazzo) di te.
Sono innamorata (pazza) di te.
I’m (crazy) in love with you.
Ti amo alla follia. I love you madly.
Ti amo oltre le stelle. I love you beyond the stars.
Ti amo da morire. I love you to death.
Ti amo più oggi di ieri ma meno di domani. I love you more today than yesterday but less than tomorrow.
Ti amo più di quanto Botticelli amasse la sua Venere. I love you more than Botticelli loved his Venus.
Amarti è la cosa più bella del mondo. Loving you is the most beautiful thing in the world.
Mi sono innamorato di te.
Mi sono innamorata di te.
I’ve fallen for you.
Ti adoro. I adore you.
Ho bisogno di te. I need you.
Sei la mia anima gemella. You're my soul mate.
Tu mi completi. You complete me.
Senza di te, la vita non ha significato. Without you, life has no meaning.
Sono tuo.
Sono tua.
I'm yours.
Il mio cuore è tuo. My heart is yours.
Sei sempre nel mio cuore. You're always in my heart.
Sarai per sempre nel mio cuore. You'll be forever in my heart.
Da quando ti conosco la mia vita è un paradiso. Since I met you my life has been a paradise.
Sei la mia polpetta. You're my meatball.
Sei la mia passione.
You're my passion.
Sei prezioso.
Sei preziosa.
You’re precious.
Sei il mio tesoro. You're my treasure.
Sei la mia gioia. You’re my joy.
Sei speciale. You’re special.
Sei molto importante per me. You’re very important to me.
Mi rendi felice. You make me happy.
Sei tutto per me. You’re everything to me.
Mi fai stare bene. You make me feel good.
Sono fortunato ad averti incontrato. I’m lucky to have met you.
(Fortunato/a should reflect your gender and incontrato/a should reflect the other person's gender)
Sei la mia dolce metà. You’re my better half. (Literally: You're my sweet half.)
Sei l’amore della mia vita. You’re the love of my life.
Sei il mio amore eterno. You're my eternal love.
Mi fido ciecamente di te. I trust you completely.
Voglio starti sempre accanto. I want to always be by your side.
Non so come farei senza di te. I don’t know what I’d do without you.
Mi illumini la vita. You light up my life.
Riesci sempre a tirarmi su di morale. You always manage to cheer me up.
Mi sento a casa quando sono con te. I feel at home when I’m with you.
Mi hai rubato il cuore. You’ve stolen my heart.
Ti amo ogni giorno di più. I love you more every day.
Tu sei la cosa più bella che mi sia mai capitata. You’re the best thing that’s ever happened to me.
Conosco un solo modo di misurare il tempo: con te o senza di te. I only know one way to measure time: with you or without you.
Ti penso sempre. I always think of you.
Ti penso ogni giorno. I think about you every day.
Sei importante per me. You're important to me.
Sei l’uomo dei miei sogni.

Sei la donna dei miei sogni.
You're the man of my dreams.

You're the woman of my dreams.
Farei di tutto per te. I’d do anything for you.
Ti porto nel cuore. I carry you in my heart.
Il tuo amore è il mio rifugio. Your love is my refuge.
Siamo fatti l'uno per l'altra. We're made for each other.

For more ways to say “I love you” in Italian, check out this video from native speaker Valentina Stella:

Quotes and Sayings About Love in Italian 

If you want something a little more poetic, you can always whip out a romantic quote about love in Italian:

Amor che move il sole e l'altre stelle. Love that moves the sun and the other stars.
Se ami qualcuno, lascialo libero. Se torna da te, è tuo. Se no, non l'è mai stato. If you love someone, set them free. If they come back, they're yours. If they don't, they never were.
L'amore vede rose senza spine. Love sees roses without thorns.
Amore, fuoco e la cucina sono buoni servi ma cattivi padroni. Love, fire and the kitchen are good servants but bad masters.
L'amore è un'arte che non si impara ma si pratica. Love is an art that is not learned but practiced.
L'amore non conosce misura. Love knows no measure.
L'amore è come il vento, non puoi vederlo ma puoi sentirlo.
Love is like the wind, you can't see it but you can feel it.
Nel dubbio, ama. In doubt, love.
Amor di madre, amore senza limiti. A mother’s love has no limits
Il primo amore non si scorda mai. You never forget your first love.
L’amore è cieco. Love is blind.
Amor vecchio non fa ruggine. Old love does not rust.
Amore regge il suo regno senza spada. Love rules his kingdom without a sword.
Amore con amor si paga. Love is paid with love.
L’amore vero non si vende e non si compra. True love is neither sold nor bought.
L’amore è una bellissima rosa rossa donata senza una ragione apparente. Love is a beautiful red rose given for no apparent reason.
Mangia bene, ridi spesso, ama molto. Eat well, laugh often, love much.
Che l’amore è tutto, è tutto ciò che sappiamo dell’amore. That love is everything, this is all we know about love.
L’amore è un viaggio non una destinazione. Love is a journey not a destination.
Amare è nulla. Essere amati è qualcosa. Ma amare ed essere amati è tutto. To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved is everything.

How to Practice Saying “I Love You” in Italian

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