Italy is a wonderful place to go on vacations. There is so much history, beautiful landscapes and exciting cultural elements to get acquainted with. It has been the world’s cross road for more than 2,000 years. We highly encourage you to pack up your suitcases and go. But if your main goal is to learn Italian, then traveling to Italy may not be your only option. Please read this post to see what you’ve been missing out.

Tourists at airport cartoon

You may have many motives to go to Italy. And usually it’s a combination of things that encourage you to travel. But if one of your main goals is to learn Italian, then you should know that you can advance a lot, even before you buy your plane tickets. Internet has so many resources to learn a language that you can absolutely begin to learn Italian from the comfort of your home.  

We must be honest with you: nothing beats going directly to Italy. We don’t want to discourage you from getting on the plane (or train if you’re already in Europe). Traveling brings so many benefits. We could build a complete list in which learning a language would just be one of the points. But there are a couple of things you must know before you hit the road:

Things you must know before taking your trip

a.) Just by being in the country where the language is spoken will not make you automatically learn the language. You must be highly motivated and work hard to learn it.

Surprise! You could get on the plane and arrive at Rome or Milan and spend a month exploring the country and learn very little, or even no Italian. So, please be aware of this!

Tourists taking pictures at Fontana di Trevi cartoon

b.) The more Italian you learn before your trip, the more enriching will your experience be.

Here on this site you are reading right now, you could find some nice tools and useful recommendations to take your Italian to the next level just using your laptop or cellphone. And at the same time you could have fun while learning this romance language.

Why should you start learning Italian before you travel?

Here are some great reasons to learn Italian before your trip to Italy

So these are our personal points of view. Think of it this way:

1. There are aspects of the language that you can learn on your laptop. And there are other aspects you can only learn by traveling. Don’t leave those things you can learn at home to be learnt on the road.

Tourists in Italy cartoon

2. It will build expectation towards your trip. To start learning Italian at home will prepare you in many ways before you arrive at the long peninsula that often is referred to as “the boot.”

And one of the ways in which this preparation helps is that it makes you pay attention to details you would let go otherwise. Being sensitive to small details will make your trip much more memorable and at the same time reward you with a higher understanding of the culture and language.

Things you must check out before you travel

So here are some of the things that will help you get your grip on Italian before you travel. Each point has a link to an article where the idea is amplified:

a.) Incorporate Italian into your daily life: we know it may sound challenging to all of a sudden start learning a language and stick to a routine. We suggest you approach this language-learning process gradually. Slowly incorporating Italian into your life, without actually having to sit down to study. And most important, this process must be appealing to you in order to guarantee continuity. We’re all different and you can learn Italian by exposing yourself to topics that are interesting to you. Click here to read how you could accomplish this.

Tourists in Venice cartoon

b.) There is a free tool you could start using: who would not want to have access to a course of good quality and completely free? Click here to check it out.

c.) There is also a course that can help you as a starter and it can take you a long way into an advanced intermediate level. It’s also free to sign up. So, please click here to check it out.

Golden Gate bridge San Francisco man with headphones cartoon

I hope you find lots of interesting material that aids you in your language-learning process. And I also wish you a happy trip to Italy! And if you can’t travel right now, don’t let that stop you from learning Italian.


Sharlee · July 5, 2018 at 2:14 AM

Hi Henry

You are right. Learning even the very basics (how to greet, count, ask directions and a few basics like eat, restaurant, etc.) before a trip is indeed very helpful.

It is also much fun to try to speak the language with the locals and to practice our pronunciation that way. We have found that the locals are immediately intrigued and open to make conversation, even if the rest of the conversation is conducted in English. But those first few sentences in their language, makes a huge difference to our traveling experience.

Thank you for an enjoyable read, Henry!

Cheers to us flying to go learn our language of choice! 😉

    Henry · July 26, 2018 at 12:44 PM

    Hello, Sharlee!

    Yes, I totally agree with you! In fact, as I read your comment I can mentally travel to those moments in which connection with locals is made. And that first minute of interaction is so important. And as you say, locals are immediately intrigued and open to make conversation. It’s so rewarding.

    But to achieve this, we must first learn the basics of that language before we travel.

    Thank you so much for your comment! It has made me recall those special moments in which the eyes of locals sparkle with excitement hearing a foreigner talking to them in their own language! 🙂

ajibola40 · March 17, 2019 at 6:44 PM

I want to learn Italian. But going to Italy is to expensive for me. So I have been wondering if there were some cool alternatives such as courses and programs to learn the language.

I’m excited I have found your site because you promise to guide us through all these options we have to learn Italian online. I’ll start checking the suggestions you have mentioned here. Thank you very much!

    Henry · March 18, 2019 at 8:35 PM

    Yes, there are plenty of options to learn Italian online.You can start checking the list of free options we have. I’m glad you liked my site.

Ola · March 17, 2019 at 6:44 PM

Italy is an ancient city and it has always been on my mind for a summer holiday. I had wanted to learn the language long time ago and I think it’s high time I do the needful.

Actually I intend visiting Africa during my next vacation in the summer. I’ll have some additional days in my journey and have been making up my mind whether to visit Greece or Italy. Because of my long desire to go to Italy, that will be the one I choose. Based of that first experience I’ll further on plan a complete vacation trip to the country.

Do you have a good site for booking flights to Italy? Thanks.

    Henry · April 5, 2019 at 10:19 AM

    Hi! I wish you a good time in your trip to Africa. And also a good journey those final days to Italy. I know you’ll definitely want to go back.

    At the moment I don’t have a specific site for booking flights to recommend. I’m sorry.

Adamuts · March 17, 2019 at 6:51 PM

Hello Henry!

I believe we can learn the basics, such as greetings and some simple words before traveling to Italy.

And after we’re there, interacting with locals, can take us to a much higher level.

But there are quite a few points I hadn’t thought of concerning learning some Italian before going to Italy. So now, after reading your post, I really think we can learn more from our trip experience and assimilate more of the flavors in its culture if we spend time online learning the basics. It will not only help us move around freely but it will also benefit us by enhancing our learning.

    Henry · March 18, 2019 at 11:02 PM

    Hi Adamuts! Thank you very much for your comment. And you have explained it beautifully. There are so many benefits learning a bit of Italian before we travel to Italy. It really doesn’t take much and we gain a lot! Keep well!

phranell86 · March 17, 2019 at 6:55 PM

Italy has a great history spanning thousands of years back. It is certainly one of my top 10 places to visit before I turn 40. I like the Italian seria A, and I’m planning a vacation to watch one of these matches live, pretty soon.

I would love to learn the basics of the language to make my trip more enjoyable. Personally, I’m familiar with Italian, and don’t have problem understanding it. My greatest challenge is speaking the language. 

I remember once when I was speaking French, I mispronounced a word and it turned out to be a very obscene word. Ever since then, I became excessively cautious when trying to speak a foreign language. Now, I’ll try to motivate myself again to try out Italian. 

Thanks for sharing those free resources. I will surely make out time to study with them. Even if it’s just learning the basics, I’ll be glad to interact with others when I’m finally able to make my trip.

    Henry · March 19, 2019 at 9:09 PM

    Hi Pharanell! I’m happy to hear that you can easily learn the basics of foreign languages. It’s a pity you mispronounced that word, but it’s good you have been very careful from that point forward.

    I’d be glad to have you here in my site taking advantage of all the resources available online.

Ricardo · March 17, 2019 at 7:43 PM

I have always thought of going to Italy. It has so many interesting things. But I must be honest, I had never thought of learning Italian.

After reading your post, my perspective has slightly changed. I do see how this would further enhance my experience when I visit the country. So I’ll look further into this.

    Henry · March 31, 2019 at 8:20 AM

    Hi Ricardo! Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you have considered the points I have mentioned here. And I wish you a good journey learning the language and a marvelous trip to Italy.

BJaYbOLt · August 7, 2020 at 6:09 AM

It’s very good to have an idea of the language of the place you’re going, it makes it easy for you to roll and communicate over there, though it depends on how long you have to prepare for the trip. Italy is really beautiful with lots of fun places to be, I’ve been there twice and it was a very nice experience both.

    Jonathan Henry · August 9, 2020 at 9:47 PM

    Yes, it’s not always possible to learn the language in advance. But whatever time we have, I think it would be a good investment trying to learn some before the trip.

    Thank you very much for your comment.

Geoff · March 27, 2021 at 12:06 AM

I think that it would be best to learn some language before you go to Italy. That way you will be able to have some understanding and build from there.

Arriving with no language would probably result in you understanding nothing and reverting to English to get through.  Which would defeat the whole purpose.

Thanks for your good advice.

    Jonathan Henry · March 27, 2021 at 12:28 AM

    Yes, exactly, reverting to English to get through would defeat the whole purpose. Thank you for your point.

Kokontala · April 8, 2021 at 5:03 AM

I have been asking myself during this lockdown, Can I teach myself Italian? I’m used to learning things in class, in a school environment. But I would like to lean at least the Italian basics at home. And your post has encouraged me to give it a try. Thank you very much for that little push!

    Jonathan Henry · April 8, 2021 at 11:54 PM

    Hey, yes you can learn Italian by yourself. I’m glad you have decided to give it a try!

Karim · April 8, 2021 at 3:04 PM

Hi, I am glad that I came across your site. I traveled to Italy when I was in high school and it was one of the best trips of my life. I hope to go back again soon. But when I went in high school, I didn’t learn to speak their language (apart from a few phrases). This time I would like to learn Italian before going to Italy (at least a decent level).

    Jonathan Henry · April 8, 2021 at 11:58 PM

    Yes, that’s a good thing to plan in advance. Learning the language before we travel will make our trip much more enjoyable.

Leave a Reply

Avatar placeholder

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *