How do you say have a good day in Italian?

How exactly do you say have a good day in Italian?

In this lesson, we’ll take a look at the different ways you can translate this sentence, depending on who you’re talking to. Read on to learn them all!

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How do you say have a good day in Italian?

Buona giornata!

Buona giornata is how you most commonly wish for someone to have a good day in Italian as a farewell greeting.

Buona giornata!
Have a good day!

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If you know anything about Italian, you know that buono means good. So why did we change its final -o to -a here? Because giornata is a feminine noun. All adjectives in Italian are the same gender and number as the noun they are describing.

Buona giornata, Paolo! Divertiti al luna park!
Have a good day, Paolo! Have fun at the amusement park!

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Now let’s see another way to translate have a good day in Italian.


Passa una buona giornata

You can also say passa una buona giornata, which literally means spend a good/nice day in Italian. This is appropriate to use with a person you are on familiar terms with.

Passa una buona giornata!
Have a nice day!
(Spend a nice day, singular)

This expression uses the verb passare, which can mean to pass or to spend.

You can use passate una buona giornata to wish a group of people a good day in Italian.

Passate una buona giornata!
Have a nice day!
(Spend a nice day, plural)

Finally, you can say passi una buona giornata in polite situations, such as when saying goodbye to a cashier at the supermarket.

Passi una buona giornata!
Have a nice day!
(Spend a nice day, polite)

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To spend, as in to spend some time, can also be translated with the verb trascorrere, but you will rarely hear something like trascorri una buona giornata for translating have a nice day in Italian. It’s clunky and a bit formal, so its use is usually limited to very polite situations:

Trascorra una buona giornata!
Have a good day!
(Spend a nice day, very polite)

If you want to wish someone to have a good evening instead, say buona serata (have a nice evening). Of course, forms like passa or passate una buona serata are also perfectly valid! After 6 p.m. when the sun goes down, it’s common to talk about serata.

Passa una buona serata!
Have a nice evening!
(Spend a nice evening, informal)

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Finally, if you want to reciprocate the wish, you can say:

Grazie, buona giornata anche a te/voi/lei!
Thank you, have a nice day too!
(informal, plural, polite)

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And that’s it, now you know how to say have a good day in Italian in all its forms!


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