How do you say DREAM in Italian?

How exactly do you say dream in Italian?

In this lesson, we will take a look at the different words you can use to talk about dreams in Italian and you will even learn a few expressions featuring the word for dream. Read on to learn them all!


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How do you say dream in Italian?


Sogno is the most common way to translate dream in Italian.


kid dreaming of fighting godzilla

It is a masculine noun, so it uses the articles il (definite, the dream), and un (indefinite, a dream).

Un sogno
A dream

Dei sogni
Some dreams

Il sogno
The dream

I sogni
The dreams

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Its pronunciation is similar to saw-ñoh (with the Spanish palatalized n) and it comes from the Latin word somnium. Make sure the final -o has a pure sound, because Italian vowels are clean.

For example, you could say…

Ho fatto un bellissimo sogno stanotte.
I had a wonderful dream last night.

Ricordi mai i sogni che fai?
Do you ever remember your dreams?

Un giorno il tuo sogno si avvererà.
Your dream will come true one day.

From sogno you get sognare, meaning “to dream”.

Sogno quasi tutte le notti.
I dream almost every night.

Mio figlio sogna di diventare astronauta.
My son dreams of being an astronaut.

family of astronauts floating in space

Bad dreams

Nightmares are translated into Italian as incubi, or incubo in the singular. Again, it’s a masculine word.

The nightmare

For example, you could say…

Hai mai fatto incubi?
Have you ever had nightmares?

Non mangiare prima di andare a letto o avrai gli incubi.
Don’t eat before going to bed or you will have nightmares.

boy having a nightmare


The Italian translation for the verb to daydream is a whole expression: sognare a occhi aperti. It literally means “to dream with open eyes”, and that’s basically what you’re doing when you daydream!

Sognare a occhi aperti
To daydream

For example, you could say…

I bambini sognano spesso a occhi aperti.
Children often daydream.

Da sogno

In order to use dream as an adjective in Italian, you need to add the preposition DA. For example, you could say…

Casa da sogno
Dream house

Vacanza da sogno
Dream vacation

kids having fun in a river

Expressions with dream in Italian

There are a number of common idiomatic expressions featuring the word for dream in Italian. These are…

  • sogno o son desto? (am I dreaming or am I awake?)
  • neanche per sogno! (in your dreams!)
  • avere un sogno nel cassetto (to have a life-long dream)

And that’s the end of our lesson on how to say dream in Italian!

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