How to say goodbye in Italian

How to say goodbye in Italian

After seeing how to say hello, you can have a look at how to say goodbye in Italian.


If you remember from the previous lesson, you need to use different greetings for different people.


You can only use ciao with friends and family and buongiorno or buonasera with strangers.


Similarly, you can’t say arrivederci to your best friend.


It would be even more awkward than saying ciao to a complete stranger.


So, here’s a guide for you on how to say goodbye in Italian.


CIAO → Yes, you can use ciao even to say goodbye. You can use it at any time of the day and, of course, only with your friends and family.


ARRIVEDERCI → You can use it with strangers, with older people or with your boss or teacher at school. You can use arrivederci at any time of the day. Just like ciao.


A PRESTO → You can use to say that you are going to see someone, or hope to see someone, again soon.


A DOMANI → You can say a domani to someone you’re going to see on the following day.


A DOPO → You can use it to say that you are going to see someone later, generally within a few hours, with or without knowing the exact time.


A TRA POCO/A FRA POCO → They are interchangeable and you can say them when you’re going to see someone in a while.


ALLA PROSSIMA → when you say alla prossima, you are referring to the next time you are going to see someone again. You might know or not know when this is going to happen or if it is going to happen. It doesn’t matter. Alla prossima is definitely what you want to use in this case.


Practice time


Now that you’ve learned how to say goodbye in Italian to all the different people you meet, I have a task for you:


think about the people you meet during the day and try and figure out how you would say goodbye to them.


Would you say ciao, arrivederci, alla prossima or something else?


Let me know in a comment below.


A presto! 🙂

Gloria Spagnoli
Gloria Spagnoli
I help beginners of Italian take their first steps, speak from day one and learn Italian at their pace and by having fun.