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 the stereotype goes, so friends will almost always and enthusiastically wave at each other, even from across the street.

How many ways are there to say goodbye in Italian? Let’s find out in this lesson!

ciao ciao! - little girl waving her hand to say bye bye

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.

People who know each other well, such as coworkers, will say ciao to one another as it requires a degree of informality. In formal situations, you don’t want to say this.


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

goodbye in italian - ci vediamo - two women greeting each other

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

Ci vediamo and ci vediamo dopo are two informal ways to say bye to one another in Italian.

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

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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

A domani!
See you tomorrow!
Literally: Until tomorrow

goodbye in italian - a presto - man greeting with his hat

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. It’s so informal I wouldn’t even take the risk of using it in the office, so beware.


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

ArrivederLa
Goodbye
Compound: 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.

You can use arrivederci to greet one person. The only difference between arrivederci and arrivederLa is in the degree of formality. Just don’t use arrivederLa in front of a group.

goodbye in italian - arrivederci - kid bowling slightly to greet someone

Addio
Farewell

An addio lasts forever, so use it wisely.

addio - farewell - a couple breaking up with the woman saying goodbye

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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