It’s raining in Italian

How exactly do you say it’s raining in Italian?

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

It’s raining.

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How do you say it’s raining in Italian?


Piove is how you most commonly translate it’s raining into Italian.

It’s raining.

how do you say it's raining in italian - man running in the rain

This common sentence in Italian is made of just one element.

It rains

Piove a catinelle. Vado a chiudere le persiane.
It’s raining dogs and cats. I’ll go close the shutters.

Piove comes from piovere, to rain, which belongs to the second -ere group. Its indicativo presente conjugation is as follows.

Present tense conjugation for piovere

lui, leipiove

This verb is usually found in the third person singular as an impersonal verb, it rains, as people don’t normally “rain”.

A giudicare dal cielo, pioverà presto.
Judging from the sky, it will rain soon.

Piovve per ore e ore.
It rained for hours and hours.

river engorged by the falling rain in the city

From piovere comes la pioggia, the rain.

La pioggia
The rain

Piove is not the only way to say it’s raining in Italian, however. Keep reading to find out why!

Sta piovendo

If you want to stress that it’s raining in this very moment, you can use sta piovendo, literally “it stays raining”.

Sta piovendo.
It’s raining.

The gerund tense in Italian uses the verb stare, to stay, while English uses to be. Sta is basically the third person singular present conjugation of stare (that’s a mouthful!).

Present tense conjugation for stare

lui, leista
people running in the rain

Less common ways to say it’s raining in Italian

Piove and sta piovendo are not the only translations for this sentence. Although less common, there are other ways you can say it’s raining outside, such as è piovoso and c’è la pioggia.

Piovoso directly translates rainy.

È piovoso.
It’s rainy.

C’è la pioggia literally means “there is rain”.

C’è la pioggia.
It’s rainy.

9 times out of 10, however, you will either hear piove or sta piovendo.

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Kinds of rain in Italian

Last but not least, I’d like to teach you a few words and expressions you can use for describing rain in Italian.

Piovere forte
To rain heavily

Fuori sta piovendo molto forte. È meglio che tu esca più tardi.
It is raining very heavily outside. You’d better go out later.

Piovere a dirotto
To rain dogs and cats

Piove a dirotto da due ore.
It has been pouring rain for two hours.

Piovere a catinelle
To rain dogs and cats
Literally: To rain in basins

heavy rain in a city street

If the rain is bad enough, you can ditch piovere and use a stronger verb, like diluviare (to pour). If the rain is pretty light, you can use a weaker verb such as piovigginare, to drizzle.

To pour

Fuori diluvia e il gatto non è ancora tornato.
It’s pouring outside and the cat is not back yet.

To drizzle

Sta solo piovigginando. Basterà un piccolo ombrello.
It’s just drizzling. A small umbrella will suffice.

And that’s it, now you know how to say it’s raining in Italian in all its forms!

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