How do you say rest in peace in Italian?

How exactly do you say rest in peace in Italian? What is more appropriate to say, depending on the relationship between you and the other person?

In this lesson, we will look at the different ways to translate this sentence into Italian. Read on to learn them all!

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How do you say rest in peace in Italian?

Informal: Riposa in pace

Riposa in pace is how you translate rest in peace in Italian when you are addressing only one person that you were familiar terms with, such as your grandma, a dear friend, or another beloved relative.

Riposa in pace
Rest in peace (informal)

This common sentence in Italian is made up of three elements.

Imperative “you” form of riposare, to rest


Italian word for peace

Riposa in pace, nonno. Ci manchi tanto.
Rest in peace, grandpa. We miss you very much.

man praying in front of a tomb

Riposare in pace is how online translators usually translate rest in pace. The problem is that riposare is an infinitive verb, and you’re probably looking for the imperative mood conjugation of the verb. Beware of online translators when it comes to important sentences that may be carved on stone!

Riposa is the second-person singular imperative conjugation of riposare, to rest.

Imperative mood conjugation of riposare

lui, leiriposi

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For example, you could say…

Riposatevi, ragazzi. Domani ci aspetta un lungo viaggio.
Get some rest, boys. We have a long journey tomorrow.

Mattia, riposa qualche ora. Devi essere stanco.
Mattia, rest a few hours. You must be tired.


Il cucciolo di dalmata riposa sul tappeto davanti al camino.
The Dalmatian puppy is resting on the carpet in front of the fireplace.

dalmatian dog smiling

The third example is actually a present tense conjugation! Italian verbs can be tricky. 😉

Now, what do you have to say to wish a group of people to rest in peace in Italian? You will need to conjugate the imperative verb in the second person plural. Let’s see what this form is in the next paragraph.

Plural: Riposino in pace

Riposino in pace is how you translate rest in peace in Italian when you are addressing more than one person. This is the form that is used in a very specific prayer that is recited during il giorno di Ognissanti, All Saint’s Day: L’Eterno riposo.

Riposino in pace
Rest in peace (plural)

family of 4 praying

L’Eterno riposo
The Eternal Rest

L’eterno riposo dona a loro, o Signore,
e splenda ad essi la luce perpetua.
Riposino in pace.

Grant them eternal rest, oh Lord,
And may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.

You wish for dear people, wishing for them, to rest in peace.

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May he/she rest in peace

There’s only one other translation for rest in peace in Italian that it’s important to know, and that’s the one using the third-person singular verb conjugation of riposare.

If you paid attention to the imperative table above, you’ll know that the correct imperative form is riposi.

Riposi in pace
(May he/she) rest in peace (third-person singular)

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And that’s the end of our lesson on how to say rest in peace in Italian in all its forms!

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