How do you say OPEN in Italian?

Open in Italian


Aperto is how you say open in Italian.

OriginFrom the Latin word apertus, p.p. of aperire, meaning “to open”


Open in Italian: Different forms

Like all other adjectives in Italian, aperto needs to match the gender (masculine or feminine) and the number (singular or plural) of the noun.

woman opening a window

Open in Italian: Examples

Il libro è aperto sul tavolo.
The book is open on the table.

Sarete aperti oggi pomeriggio?
Will you be open this afternoon?

Ci sono due confezioni aperte di spaghetti.
There are two open packages of spaghetti.

La porta è aperta. Entra pure!
The door is open. Come on in!

man opening a door

To translate “to open” as a verb, use aprire. Its past participle is aperto.

Riesci ad aprire questa bottiglia?
Can you open this bottle?

Chi ha aperto tutti i cassetti dell’armadio?
Who opened all the drawers in the closet?

Another less common word you can use to translate open is the adjective spalancato. Spalancato has a stronger meaning than open, so use to describe something that is wide open.

La porta d’ingresso era spalancata.
The front door was wide open.

L’uomo aveva gli occhi spalancati dalla paura.
The man’s eyes were wide (open) with fear.

Spalancato is also the past participle of the verb spalancare, “to open wide”.

To open wide

La mamma spalanca tutte le finestre.
Mom opens all the windows wide.

woman opening a window

Open in Italian: Expressions

There are some common idiomatic expressions featuring the word for open in Italian:

  • non aprire bocca (not open your mouth)
  • dormire con un occhio aperto (to sleep with one eye open)
  • essere come un libro aperto (to be an open book)
  • all’aria aperta (outside)
  • in mare aperto (at open sea)

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