Last time in Italian

How do you translate last time in Italian?

In this lesson, we will take a look at this very expression, also known as collocation, and even mention a few words you can use along with anno and luce to expand your Italian vocabulary.

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Last time in Italian

First of all, let’s translate the last time in Italian.

L’ultima volta
The last time

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Last time in Italian – Let’s break it down!

L’ultima volta is made up of three words.

Masculine definite article



In Italian, adjectives usually follow the noun: una sciarpa blu, a blue scarf, un film avvincente, an exciting movie. Sometimes, however, they come before the noun they describe, especially in expressions that are very common in the language.

L’ultima volta is one of these common expressions.

Non ricordo l’ultima volta che ho visto questo film.
I can’t remember the last time I saw this movie.

È l’ultima volta che ti aiuto!
This is the last time I will help you!

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We said that the translation for last time in Italian is l’ultima volta. Ultima is the feminine form of the adjective ultimo, which also means last. Unlike English, Italian adjectives must match the gender and number of the noun they are describing.

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There are a number of other common expressions featuring the adjective ultimo. Let’s see some.

All’ultimo grido
All the rage

Esalare l’ultimo respiro
To take one’s last breath
Literally: To exhale the last breath

Non è detta l’ultima parola
It’s not over yet
Literally: The last word is not spoken

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For example, you could say:

La nuova giacca che ho comprato è all’ultimo grido.
The new jacket I bought is all the rage.

La gazzella esalò l’ultimo respiro.
The gazelle took its last breath.

Perderemo la partita. – Aspetta, non è ancora detta l’ultima parola.
We’re going to lose the game. – Wait, it’s not over yet.


Volta is a feminine noun.

Una volta
One time (once)

Delle volte
Some times

La volta
The time

Le volte
The times

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Volta can also be used to translate the English words once (“one time”) and twice (“two times”).

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Time, as in “time is money”, is translated as tempo.

Potrai ascoltare la registrazione una volta sola.
You can only listen to the recording once.

Sono già andato al supermercato due volte stamattina.
I have been to the supermarket twice this morning.

Volta is also used in the expression once upon a time, translated into Italian as c’era una volta. Literally, it means “there was once”.

C’era una volta un giovane principe…
Once upon a time, there was a young prince…

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Volta also has other meanings. It can mean turn, as in “now it’s Sarah’s turn”, and vault.

Adesso è la volta di Sarah.
Now it’s Sarah’s turn.

La camera aveva un soffitto a volta.
The room had a vaulted ceiling.

Last time in Italian – Examples

L’ultima volta che sono stato in Germania, ho visitato Berlino.
The last time I was in Germany, I visited Berlin.

Non ricordo l’ultima volta che ho visto una balena.
I can’t remember the last time I saw a whale.

Questa è l’ultima volta che ti chiedo di fare qualcosa.
This is the last time I’m going to ask you to do something.

Quando è stata l’ultima volta che hai mangiato una pizza?
When was the last time you ate a pizza?

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