Asking for information in Italian

Asking for information in Italian

Asking for information in Italian: Phrases to use at the airport

The staff at Italian airports often speak English well, and sometimes even other languages, but it can still be helpful and fun to learn some typical phrases in Italian.

To find out the boarding time, you can ask “A che ora è il mio imbarco?” which corresponds to “What time will I be boarding?” in English.

To know where to go for check-in, the phrase to use is “Dov’è il check-in per il volo per Londra?” which in English translates to “Where is the check-in desk for the flight to London?“.

Anyone wanting to inquire about the punctuality of a plane can ask “Il volo è in ritardo?” which means “Is the flight delayed?” in English.

For getting information in case of flight cancellation, the right phrase is “Il mio volo è stato cancellato. Cosa posso fare?” which corresponds to “My flight has been cancelled. What can I do?” in English.

Phrases in Italian for taking a taxi

The most commonly used means of transportation for tourists in Italian cities is the taxi, so let’s learn the typical phrases to use in these circumstances.

When a tourist is looking for a taxi, they should ask “Dove posso prendere il taxi?” which corresponds to “Where can I get a taxi?” in English.

To know the fare to reach the station, the phrase to use is “Quanto costa fino alla stazione?“, which translates to “How much does it cost to the train station?” in English.

If you have arrived at your desired destination in the taxi and want to stop the vehicle and know the fare to pay, you should say “Va bene qui, grazie. Quanto le devo?” which is equivalent to “It’s ok here, thank you. How much is it?” in English.

Asking for information in Italian at the restaurant and hotel

During a gastronomic tour across seas and mountains in the beautiful country, tourists definitely need to use Italian to get information at the restaurant and in accommodation facilities. Let’s see which phrases can help interpret their requests.

To find out if the restaurant has free tables, you should say “Avete un tavolo per cinque persone?“, which in English is “Do you have a table for five?“.

If the tourist wants to know what the specialties of the menu are, they can ask “Qual è la specialità della casa?“, which translated into English becomes “Is there a local specialty?“.

At the end of the meal, the tourist will say to the waiter “Potrei avere il conto, per favore?“, which in English is “May I have the bill, please?“.

To book a room in a hotel, you need to ask “Avete stanze disponibili?” and the corresponding English phrase is “Do you have any room available?“.

To know if it’s possible to have breakfast served in the hotel room, the right phrase is “Può portarmi la colazione in camera?“, which is equivalent to saying “Can you bring the breakfast in my room, please?“.

Phrases to use for shopping

What would a vacation be without a bit of shopping? Here’s how to ask for information in Italian shops.

It’s possible to know the price of items for sale by asking “Quanto costa?“, which in English is “How much does it cost?“.

To find out if the store accepts credit cards, you can ask “È possibile pagare con la carta di credito?“, which corresponds to the phrase “Can I pay by credit card?” in English.

How to ask for directions in Italian

Knowing phrases to ask for directions is very useful for a tourist who is lost or wants to know the simplest way to reach their destination.

When city maps are not sufficient for orientation, the tourist can ask “Come posso arrivare al museo?” which is equivalent to saying “How can I reach the museum?” in English.

To know where to find a taxi, the phrase to use is “Dove posso prendere il taxi?“, corresponding to “Where can I take a taxi?” in English.

To choose the right bus, you need to ask “Che autobus devo prendere per andare all’aeroporto?” which corresponds to “What bus should I take to get to the airport?” in English.

The tourist looking for the ticket office will ask “Dove si comprano i biglietti?“, which in English is “Where can I buy tickets?“.

It will be possible to know the walking times by asking “Quanto è lontano a piedi?“, which corresponds to “How far is it by walk?” in English.

If the tourist is lost, then they will have to say “Mi sono perso. Da che parte devo andare?“, which is equivalent to saying “I am lost. In what direction do I have to go?“.