11 ways to say goodbye in Italian

Saying goodbye in Italian depends on the degree of intimacy between the speakers.

Culture shock!
Close relatives, especially if they’re not going to see each other for a while, will exchange kisses on their cheeks. Italians do talk with their hands as stereotype goes, so friends will almost always and enthusiastically wave at each other, even from across the street.


How do you say goodbye in Italian?

The most common greeting is also the most common goodbye in Italian.

Ciao
Bye

The very same word that starts a conversation between friends is also the word that ends it. It’s an informal goodbye: make sure you don’t address your boss this way.


Ci vediamo!
See you!
Literally: We see each other!

goodbye in italian - ci vediamo
Ci vediamo!
See you!

Ci vediamo dopo!
See you later!
Literally: We see each other later!

Want to test your skills for this lesson? Go to the Italian goobye’s interactive exercises!


Ci si vede!
See you!
Literally: One sees each other!

A dopo!
See you later!
Literally: Until after

A più tardi!
See you later!
Literally: Until later

A presto!
See you soon!
Literally: Until soon

goodbye in italian - see you soon
A presto!
See you soon!

A domani!
See you tomorrow!
Literally: Until tomorrow

Italians will exchange these goodbyes only if they know each other well or have some degree of familiarity. You commonly use these among coworkers, friends and relatives.

Ci si vede is generally used by younger people and is the most casual of all these.


Arrivederci
Goodbye
Compund: From a, “to, until”, and rivederci, “see each other again”

ArrivederLa
Goodbye
Compund: From a, “to, until”, and rivederLa, “see You again”

What’s the difference between these?

They are both formal, but arrivederLa is even more formal than the other (notice the capital L) and you can use it to address one person at a time.

If you are to greet a group of people and want to show respect to all of them, use arrivederci instead.

goodbye in italian - arrivederci
Arrivederci!
Goodbye!

Addio
Farewell

An addio is for ever, so use it wisely.

This is the end of our lesson! Make sure you do the exercise to test your skills on how to say goodbye in Italian and then jump ahead to the next lingookie!


What next?

You can do the Italian goodbyes interactive exercises!

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