How to count money in Italian

Imagine this scenario: You’re grocery shopping during your trip to Italy and hyperventilate as soon as the cashier tells you your total. What the heck did they just say? You’re in need of a math lesson!

In this article, we will take a look at the different ways you can count money in Italian with lots of native audio recordings, so you may never panic again while buying things. Read on to learn everything you need to know!

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floating money

How do you count money in Italian?

Euro and euro cents

Italy’s (and Europe’s) official currency is the euro. You’re lucky we’re using euros now, because if we were still using lire, you’d have to count money in thousands just to buy bread!

Euro has only one form for both singular and plural and it is a masculine noun.

Un euro, l’euro, gli euro
A euro, the euro, the euros

A euro cent is called centesimo, and there’s no shortened form of this word. When you are talking about more than one euro cent, you have to use centesimi, the plural form of the word. This is too a masculine word.

Il centesimo, i centesimi
The cent, the cents

If you want to say you have 3.20 euros in your pocket, say…

Ho tre euro e venti centesimi.
I have 3 euros and 20 cents.

guy begging a friend to give him some money

Know that Italian uses a comma for decimals and a period for thousands. This is very, very different from what you’re used to as an English speaker.

If you’re buying a slice of meat and you see this price tag:

25,00 € / kg
25.- euros per kg

Know that the meat actually costs 25.- euros per kilogram, not 25,000 euros!

25,000 euros in Italian would actually be written as 25.000 euro.

25.000 euro
25,000 euros

That said, let’s see how to count money in Italian with the use of numbers.

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Cardinal numbers in Italian from 1 to 100

The following tables show all Italian cardinal numbers from 1 to 100. Make sure you listen to the audio recordings to learn how to pronounce all the numbers!

Numbers 1-20

1uno
2due
3tre
4quattro
5cinque
6sei
7sette
8otto
9nove
10dieci
11undici
12dodici
13tredici
14quattordici
15quindici
16sedici
17diciassette
18diciotto
19diciannove
20venti
21ventuno
22ventidue
23ventitre
24ventiquattro
25venticinque
26ventisei
27ventisette
28ventotto
29ventinove
30trenta
31trentuno
32trentadue
33trentatre
34trentaquattro
35trentacinque
36trentasei
37trentasette
38trentotto
39trentanove
40quaranta
41quarantuno
42quarantadue
43quarantatre
44quarantaquattro
45quarantacinque
46quarantasei
47quarantasette
48quarantotto
49quarantanove
50cinquanta
51cinquantuno
52cinquantadue
53cinquantatre
54cinquantaquattro
55cinquantacinque
56cinquantasei
57cinquantasette
58cinquantotto
59cinquantanove
60sessanta
61sessantuno
62sessantadue
63sessantatre
64sessantaquattro
65sessantacinque
66sessantasei
67sessantasette
68sessantotto
69sessantanove
70settanta
71settantuno
72settantadue
73settantatre
74settantaquattro
75settantacinque
76settantasei
77settantasette
78settantotto
79settantanove
80ottanta
81ottantuno
82ottantadue
83ottantatre
84ottantaquattro
85ottantacinque
86ottantasei
87ottantasette
88ottantotto
89ottantanove
90novanta
91novantuno
92novantadue
93novantatre
94novantaquattro
95novantacinque
96novantasei
97novantasette
98novantotto
99novantanove
100cento

Counting the thousands

In the unlikely occurrence that you need to learn how to count money in Italian in the thousands, here’s the numbers from 1.000 to 10.000.

1,000mille
2,000duemila
3,000tremila
4,000quattromila
5,000cinquemila
6,000seimila
7,000settemila
8,000ottomila
9,000novemila
10,000diecimila

Counting money in Italian – Examples

Let’s now make a few examples using what we have learned.

Sono otto euro.
That’s 8 euros.

Sono dieci euro e ventinove centesimi.
That’s 10 euros and 29 cents.

Sono centotrentadue euro e tredici centesimi.
That’s one hundred and thirty-two euros and thirteen cents.

Sono trecento euro e settanta centesimi.
That’s three hundred euros and 72 cents.

Sono quattromila euro.
That’s 4 thousand euros.

stack of bills

And that’s the end of our lesson on how to count money in Italian! If you still have any doubts, feel free to leave a comment.


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