I had lofty dreams when I joined the blogging community back in 2014.
I had an ambitious writing schedule that I hoped would make me prolific, publishing several posts a week.
Well, that regimen didn’t quite go according to plan. But I got something else out of the blogging world that I wasn’t expecting.
As I clicked through the internet and the variety of blogs that are out there, I realized Italian bloggers are an awesome resource for learning the language.
The writing is high quality but accessible, and provides a direct line to Italian as it’s used by natives. And they’re writing about super interesting topics, from tech to fashion to travel.
The more I scrolled, the more I could feel my Italian skills growing.
Want to feel the same? I’ll share six of my absolute favorite Italian bloggers and what any language student can learn from them.
Can You Really Learn Italian from Bloggers?
Posts written by Italian bloggers are super useful because they allow you to improve your Italian skills in ways that traditional learning resources may lack.
First, Italian bloggers allow you to see Italian “in the wild.” By that, I mean that their blog posts are often informal, and they’re written in a way that’s very close to how Italian is naturally spoken. They’re a great tool for creating an at-home immersion environment—replace the English-language blogs you’d otherwise be reading to surround yourself with authentic, conversational Italian.
Second, blog posts allow you to learn specific words and jargon related to a blogger’s content. For example, a travel blog is a great way to learn travel vocabulary that you’ll need on your trip to Italy; a lifestyle blog is a great way to learn vocabulary related to the home, the body, food and Italian life in general; a technology blog is a great way to learn words related to the tech scene.
I suggest picking a blog based on the aspirations you have for learning the Italian language. For example, if you want to work in Italy, perhaps a blog related to business is your best bet!
Now that we’ve outlined why Italian blogs can be so useful in a larger Italian learning program, let’s break down the process for actually reading the blog posts themselves. I suggest you follow a three-step system:
Step 1: Read for the gist of the post. During the first read-through of the post, don’t worry about words you don’t know or grammatical constructions that are unfamiliar to you (yet). Just try to understand the main ideas of the post.
Step 2: Look it up! Now that we know what topic the post is tackling, let’s read the blog post again looking for unknown words, phrases and grammatical constructions. Write these down and then look them up with an Italian dictionary or translator.
Step 3: Read the post again! Using the translated words, read the post again to get a deeper understanding of the topic.
This three-step program turns passive blog scrolling into active Italian learning. You’ll be building your vocabulary and reading comprehension skills with each post you click on, all while gaining exposure to Italian as it’s used in the real world.
But, wait! This is the twenty-first century! We know that bloggers don’t just write posts anymore: they use video and audio as well! Never fear, Italian learner. This three-step system works for any content an Italian blogger might post.
Scroll, Read, Master: The 6 Best Italian Bloggers All Language Learners Should Know
Check out this list of the six best Italian language bloggers that you can start following today! Since these bloggers post content almost exclusively in Italian, you’ll need at least a foundational language level to start exploring the content. Use our three-step program to challenge yourself and get the most out of these blogs.
If your language skills aren’t quite ready yet, get started here with blogs specifically created for Italian learners.
The first blogger on our list is Manuela Vitulli, a travel blogger who has been on the road since 2013. Her blog is called Pensieri in Viaggio (“Thoughts in Travel”), and it’s perfect for Italian learners who’ve been afflicted with an acute wanderlust—or for those who are simply looking for the next getaway!
Manuela’s blog features posts about the places she has traveled throughout Africa, Asia, America and Europe. They’re a mixture of stories of these trips as well as tips and tricks that other travelers can employ if they choose to explore these places, too.
In addition to in-depth looks at her travels, Manuela’s blog also has a selection of posts that talk about the various aspects of long-term travel: what to pack, what to spend and how to choose a place to stay. Italian learners can use Manuela’s blog to brush up on Italian travel vocabulary and often see informal and colloquial Italian in action!
The next blogger on our list is also a travel blogger. Stefano Tiozzo is a travel photographer by profession, but on his website, he’s a blogger and vlogger extraordinaire. If you learn best from visual or audio content, this is a great option for you.
This means that while you can read about his experiences on his written blog, you can also watch his travel vlogs on YouTube. His blog posts generally act as a travel journal: you can read about his latest journeys through Peru, Iceland and even Oman! As for his videos on YouTube, there are a mixture of travel videos and vlog-style videos focused on many topics.
His newest video series, called “Tales By Love,” focuses on one photograph per episode and tells the story of how that photograph was taken and the significance of the experience.
Okay, so you’re completely in love with the idea of traveling, but what are you going to wear?
Giulia Torelli is an Italian blogger who created Rock ‘n’ Fiocc, a blog focused on fashion and beauty. Like many blogs in this genre, Giulia’s posts often include “hauls” (which show a selection of products that she’s currently using) as well as tips related to various fashion and beauty topics such as skin care, makeup and the newest clothing trends.
Italian learners can use this blog to pick up advanced vocabulary when talking about the self and the fashion/beauty industry. This is perfect for those who, oh, I don’t know, want to travel to Italy and perhaps work in Milan’s thriving fashion industry! With Giulia’s help, I’m sure you’ll fit right in.
Like Rock ‘n’ Fiocc, Elena Schiavon’s blog is also fashion and beauty related. However, this blogger approaches fashion and beauty with a unique spin.
While this blog does primarily focus on posts about beauty and fashion products, it also offers personal reflections on life. For example, you can read about gentilezza (kindness) and curiosità (curiosity), and these topics are viewed through the lens of a lifestyle/fashion blog.
This means that while you can learn beauty and fashion terms, you can also use this blog to learn vocabulary and constructions related to reflection and bettering one’s life.
Can we just pause for a second and appreciate the title of this blog? It’s called The Lost Avocado, and trust me, the posts here are as interesting as the title!
The Lost Avocado is run by blogger Sara Izzi. It focuses on many subjects: travel, lifestyle, food and nature, among others. As such, this blog is perfect for learning a wide range of vocabulary. Instead of specializing in a specific topic, learners can use this blog to gain a more general, practical knowledge of various subjects rather quickly without feeling bogged down with specifics.
Further, and perhaps best of all, The Lost Avocado also has a number of videos to watch in Italian as well. This is a great tool to practice listening comprehension and hear native Italian accents.
For the techies out there, this last blog is for you! Rudy Bandiera writes a blog that covers topics such as technology, innovation and even occasionally politics.
These posts are perfect for learning technical Italian language. If you want to get an Italian job in a tech-related field, I definitely suggest subscribing.
However, even if you’re not considering that career move, Bandiera’s content is still approachable and interesting for the average Italian learner (although I do recommend at least an upper-intermediate Italian proficiency level due to the use of technical language). You can read about interesting topics like how businesses use social media or robots in the workplace.
In addition to written pieces, many blog posts also have corresponding videos. Try reading along and watching to add an extra layer of practice!
Alright, do you have your scrolling finger ready? Follow these bloggers to get on your way to Italian fluency!
If you liked this post, something tells me that you'll love FluentU, the best way to learn Italian with real-world videos.