What’s the meaning of “Andare a quel paese”?

In this short lesson, we will learn the meaning of the Italian idiom Andare a quel paese along with its pronunciation. If you have a short fuse, this expression is for you!

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Andare a quel paese

Meaning of the idiom

Andare a quel paese can be literally translated as “to go to that town”. Its meaning is the same as the English expressions to get lost and to buzz off, so it’s used when someone is annoyed by you.

There is also mandare a quel paese, which is used when you tell someone to get lost. It literally translates as “to send to that town”.

Linguistically speaking, it can be broken down into…

  • andare, mandare (to go, to send)
  • a (to)
  • quel (that)
  • paese (town, village)
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For example, you could say…

Vai a quel paese, Giorgio!
Buzz off, Giorgio!

Paolo mi ha appena mandato a quel paese.
Paolo just told me to get lost.

Andare a quel paese can also be translated as f*ck off and scr*w you. Unlike these, however, this expression doesn’t have any swear words. It’s just very rude.


Pronunciation of Andare a quel paese in Italian

Now let’s hear how this idiom is pronounced.

Andare a quel paese.
To get lost, to buzz off.
Literally: To go to that town.

Mandare a quel paese.
To tell someone to get lost.
Literally: To send to that town.

If you need help with Italian pronunciation, check out the lesson on the Italian alphabet and pronunciation.


Where does Andare a quel paese come from?

Vai a quel paese is what usually ends a neverending quarrel: get lost! It’s an insulting and very rude expression because it shows that the person’s presence is no longer appreciated. It tells that both of you have very different opinions, opinioni, and no matter how long you fight, you will never agree.

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But why is it a “town”? Notice that the town is not mentioned: it is used to mean an unknown distant village. A village that is so isolated and so far away that you don’t even know its name. This is where you want the other person to go, or where other people want you to go.

And that’s the end of our lesson on the Italian idiom Andare a quel paese!


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