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We hope you like cheese, because this post is the cheesiest thing you’ll read today.
Nope, this isn’t an article about Italian food vocabulary.
In this post, we’re learning all about Italian pick up lines, baby.
We have 17 for you, ranging from lines that’ll make you blush to ones that’ll bring out the giggles with their corniness.
Take a break from serious studying and put your textbook aside—these lines might seem silly but they’re awesome for using Italian in a real-world way… and having fun with it!
Romance and Pick Up Lines in Italy
“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” — Giuseppe Verdi
Ah, Italia (Italy)…
Italy is, undeniably, a hotbed of romance with its sultry summer nights, charming architecture and saucy cuisine.
The sights and sounds just scream romance, don’t they?
Rome’s Ponte Sant’Angelo is known the world over as “the kissing bridge”—an enchanting spot for lovers to kiss beneath the stars.
Galleries in Florence bear (or bare?—pun intended!) evidence of spectacular human forms. Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia and Botticelli’s Venus Rising in the Uffizi draw millions who stare and sigh.
Naples beckons as a prime spot for romantic dinners. Why not share pizza in its true birthplace while falling into the gaze of an adoring lover? It doesn’t get much more romantic than that!
And that tower in Pisa? Lean into me…
The Italian club scene is also known for being lively. Terms of endearment fill the air. Venetian gondoliers croon arias. And that big, beautiful moon hanging low over the Tuscan countryside completes the romantic setting.
Mamma mia! In Italia c’è amore dappertutto! (Mamma mia! In Italy love is everywhere!)
Where there’s romance, there’s flattery! Whether it’s sincere or merely to make a pass, no one flatters better than Italians.
And Italian pick up lines? They’re le migliori (the best)! …And the cheesiest.
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Let’s check out some Italian pick up lines to see how amore (love) sometimes begins, Italian style!
17 Pick Up Lines in Italian to Have Some Fun While You Learn
1. “Ciao bella!”
Meaning: “Hello beautiful!”
Expect to hear this everywhere. Like—everywhere.
If you’re a woman walking down the street and happen to catch a man’s eye? “Ciao bella!”
Waiting on line to see a show? “Ciao bella!”
That appreciative call from a passing taxi driver? You guessed it—“Ciao bella!”
It’s so ridiculously common that even children say it. But “Hello beautiful”—from anyone, to anyone—usually brings a smile!
If you want to turn the tables, try saying “Ciao, bello!” when a handsome guy steps up to the bar beside you. It’s just as flattering—and may be the beginning of something beautiful!
2. “Posso offrirti da bere?”
Meaning: “Can I buy you a drink?”
If you think that pick up lines are only used at nightclubs or bars, think again. In Italy, the offer to buy a drink is also freely given in trattorias or cafés.
The beverage might be espresso but don’t be surprised to hear this friendly opening line.
3. “Come ti chiami? Che coincidenza! Questa è la mia parola preferita!”
Meaning: “What is your name? What a coincidence! That is my favorite word!”)
In Italy, many things are “favorites” when it’s time to toss out a pick up line.
You can bet your eye color, gelato favorite or even the brand of the shoes you’re wearing are someone’s “favorite”!
Want to have some fun—and maybe gain some extra words while you’re at it? Turn the pick up line inside out. When you meet a new person (like if someone uses this line on you!), quiz them about their favorites. Ask what their favorite car, occupation, travel destination or singer is.
Make a note of the answers and build your vocabulary list (but maybe try not to scribble away in front of the person as they talk—that’d be just a little awkward!).
If you’re so inclined, ask about a favorite Italian attraction. Who knows? You just might find an authentic tour guide!
4. “Ti faccio vedere il mondo, andiamo con la Vespa!”
Meaning: “Let me show you the world, we’ll go on my Vespa!”
Vespas zip in and out of Italian traffic like an army of hungry bees buzzing around in a field of flowers. They’re fun and affordable and Vespa driving elevates taking in the sights to true adventure status.
This is one pick up line that’s worth considering. Riding around the Colosseum on a Vespa? Così romantica! (So romantic!)
Take your potential paramour up on the offer, or rent a Vespa yourself, and feel like you’re in an Italian movie. So much fun!
5. “Quando sorridi, gli angeli piangono, è così bello.”
Meaning: “When you smile the angels weep, it is so beautiful.”
Weeping angels make it into quite a few casual meetings in Rome’s busy night life.
6. “Al cielo manca un angelo ma l’ho trovata.”
Meaning: “Heaven is missing and angel but I found her.”
They apparently often “go missing”—but are, thankfully, recovered with this ever-popular pickup line.
7. “Dio si stava mettendo in mostra quando ti ha creato.”
Meaning: “God was showing off when He created you.”
Why stop at angels? Some pick up lines call on every resource!
8. “Commettiamo il crimine perfetto: ti ruberò il cuore, tu ruberai il mio.”
Meaning: “Let’s commit the perfect crime: I will steal your heart, you steal mine.”
Heart theft is molto in voga (very popular) in Italy.
9. “Sei carinissima.”
Meaning: “You’re so sweet.”
If a potential suitor uses this pick up line, there’s a good chance they’re sweet, too!
It’s not as corny as most pick up lines are and this one almost seems sincere, doesn’t it?
10. “Prenderò la tua foto così posso metterla in tasca e tenerti vicino al mio cuore.”
Meaning: “I am going to take your picture so I can put it in my pocket and keep you near my heart.”
When you see the phone pointing your way, you’ll know what’s going on!
It’s also a good save when someone photobombs your picture. Oops!
11. “Ora so cosa si prova ad essere un aereo! Non hai sentito il suono del mio cuore decollare?”
Meaning: “Now I know how it feels to be an airplane! Didn’t you hear the sound of my heart taking off?”
This line works equally well with il motoscafo (motor boats) and treni veloci (fast trains).
12. “Sono pazzo di te, andiamo nel mio appartamento.”
Meaning: “I’m crazy for you, let’s go to my apartment.”
This is a very direct pick up line that could (and probably often does!) garner a potential suitor a slap.
Remember, though, that cultural differences exist in different countries. What might be viewed as inappropriate or politically incorrect in one place is perfectly acceptable in another.
However, if you’re offended by a pick up line, it’s absolutely okay to say so. “Sono offeso/a” (“I’m offended”) gets straight to the point.
13. “Fa caldo qui, o sei tu?”
Meaning: “Is it hot in here or is it you?”
I actually heard this one in a small club in Florence. The pick up line was delivered by an Italian hunk who had a traffic-stopping smile. To add flair to the encounter, he waved a slow hand in front of his face as if he were overheating on the spot.
It was, I have to admit, a very memorable moment!
14. “Ouch! Sono appena caduto—per te!”
Meaning: “Ouch! I just fell—for you!”
For maximum effect, this pick up line may be delivered with a limp or a pained expression!
15. “Se fossi un astronauta ti porterei sulla luna. Non lo sono, quindi ti accompagnerò a casa.”
Meaning: “If I were an astronaut I would take you to the moon. I am not, so I will walk you home instead.”
Cheesy but chivalrous, no?
16. “Andiamo da te o da me?”
Meaning: “We go to your place or mine?”
Another direct line that must work because it’s heard a lot. As in every night!
I once asked a bartender what was the most common pick up line he heard while at work—and this was his immediate reply.
In any language, this one tops the list!
17. “Dovremmo baciarci. Il mondo ha bisogno di più amore, no?”
Meaning: “We should kiss. The world needs more love, no?”
A classic Italian sentiment!
It’s so romantic and endearing that you can’t help but smile when a Romeo (or Juliet) approaches with this line.
Because, really, the world does need more love, doesn’t it?
Italian pick up lines run the gamut from sweet to bold. Most fall between the two, somewhere on the cheesy-but-cute scale.
Do you still need pointers on the subject? Check out an entertaining video from Howcast to help fine-tune your pick up line repertoire.
Whether you head to Italy for the incredible food, the fabulous history or the dazzling sights, you can enjoy—and expect!—romance to come calling. And in Italy, that includes pick up lines. It’s just part of the experience!
Have fun—and good luck!
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