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Here are some Italian phrases for travelers that want to do some cycling while in Italy. These useful Italian phrases for cyclists cover a wide range of topics, from asking for directions to sharing your love of bicycling.
Basic Italian Phrases
- Ciao – Hello
- Arrivederci – Goodbye
- Per favore – Please
- Grazie – Thank you
- Prego – You’re welcome
- Scusi – Excuse me
- Mi scusi – Excuse me (more formal)
- Come stai? – How are you?
- Sto bene – I’m fine / Sta bene? – You’re fine?
- Come ti chiami? – What’s your name?
- Mi chiamo ________ – My name is ________
Asking For Directions In Italian
- Dove sono? – Where am I?
- Dove posso trovare un ________? – Where is it possible to find a ________?
- Come si va a ________? – How do I get to ________?
- È lontano? – Is it far?
- Quanti chilometri è? – How many kilometers is it?
Italian Cycling Terms For Bike Parts
- La bicicletta – Bicycle
- Il casco – Helmet
- I’ copertoni – Tires
- Ruote (REW ohtay) – wheels
- Camera d’aria (KAH mayr ah DAR ee ah) – inner tube
- Freni (FREN ee) – brakes
- La catena – Chain
- La sella – Saddle (bike seat)
- La luce – Light
- La pompa – Pump
- I pedali – Pedals
- Telaio (tel LIE oh) – bike frame
- Borraccia (boar RAH cha) – Water bottle
- Catena (kah TEN ah) – chain
- Manubrio (mah NEW brio) – handlebar
Basic Italian Phrases About Cycling Trips
- Pedalata – Bike ride
- Pedalata dura – Hard bike ride
- Percorso – course
- Piano – flat
- Pedalata piano – flat bike ride
- Percorso piano – flat course
- Percorso lungo – long course
- Percorso corto – short course
- Pedalata leggera (leh JER ah) – light pedaling bike ride
- Pedalata a mani alte – literally means “bike ride and hands tall”, or riding with your hands on top of the handle bars
- Andare regolari – To “go regular”, or ride at a normal pace
- Rotto (roe toe) – Broken
- La bicicletta é rotta – The bike is broken
- la mia bicicletta é rotta (BEACH-IC-letta) – My bike is broken
- Aiuto! Ia mia bicicletta é rotta. (Aye u toe)- Help! My bike is broken.
- Sono felice – I’m happy
- Sono triste – I’m sad
- Sono arrabbiato – I’m angry
- Sono stanco – I’m tired
- Ho fame – I’m hungry
- Sono assetato – I’m thirsty
- Mi fa male – It hurts
Other Useful Phrases For Bicycling
- Mi piace andare in bicicletta – I like to go cycling
- Sono un ciclista – I’m a cyclist
- È una bella giornata per andare in bicicletta – It’s a beautiful day for a bike ride
- Fai attenzione! – Be careful!
- Buon giro in bicicletta! – Good tour with bike! (Have a nice bike ride!)
Italy is a beautiful country with a rich cycling history. Whether you’re planning a leisurely family bike ride through the Italian countryside, or a challenging tour of the Amalfi Coast, it’s helpful to know a few Italian words to help you communicate with locals and other cyclists.
If you’re not sure how to pronounce a phrase, try using the Google Translate app. It can be helpful to hear the phrase pronounced correctly before you try to use it.
I hope this list of useful Italian phrases for cyclists has been helpful. If you’re planning a cycling trip to Italy, I encourage you to learn as many of these phrases as possible. It will help you communicate with locals and other cyclists, and it will make your trip more enjoyable.
Frank Wilson is a retired teacher with over 30 years of combined experience in the education, small business technology, and real estate business. He now blogs as a hobby and spends most days tinkering with old computers. Wilson is passionate about tech, enjoys fishing, and loves drinking beer.