How do you say RICH in Italian?

How exactly do you say rich in Italian?

In this lesson, we will take a look at the different words you can use to talk about being rich in Italian. Read on to learn all you need to know!


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Rich in Italian


Ricco is how you translate rich into Italian. Let’s listen to how this adjective is pronounced.

Its pronunciation is similar to REEK-koh and it comes from the Lombardic word rīhhi. Make sure the final -o has a clean sound, because Italian vowel sounds are clean!


rich man cleaning himself with a stack of bills

Like all other adjectives in Italian, ricco needs to match the gender and number of the noun.


If a man is rich, you would say ricco because man, uomo, is a masculine noun in Italian.

Likewise, you will say ricca, if you’re talking about dinner, cena, which is a feminine noun.

Plural nouns behave the same way: if you want to describe some rich men (uomini, masculine plural), use ricchi. If you’re talking about some rich women (donne, feminine plural), use ricche instead.

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For example, you could say…

Il pane integrale è ricco di fibre.
Whole wheat bread is rich in fiber.

La famiglia reale è molto ricca e vive in un palazzo sontuoso.
The royal family is very rich and lives in a lavish palace.

Abbiamo partecipato a un ricco banchetto.
We attended a rich banquet.

I musei sono ricchi di storia.
The museums are rich in history.

museum guide showing a painting

If you want to say to get rich in Italian, use either the reflexive verb arricchirsi or the expression diventare ricco.

Lorenzo si è arricchito grazie ai suoi investimenti immobiliari. Ora vive di rendita.
Lorenzo got rich from his real estate investments. Now he lives off his private income.

Il padre di Valerio è diventato ricco grazie alle sue capacità imprenditoriali.
Valerio’s father became rich thanks to his entrepreneurial skills.

Ricchezza, prosperity or wealth, is derived from ricco.

Prosperity, wealth

La vera ricchezza è avere una famiglia amorevole e amici fidati.
True wealth is having a loving family and trusted friends.

rich man setting fire to some money

Idioms with ricco in Italian

There is a number of common idioms associated with the word for rich in Italian. Some of them are…

  • essere ricco sfondato (to be rolling in it, to be filthy rich)
  • essere al verde (to be broke)
  • fare una vita da nababbo (“to lead a nabob’s life”)

For example, you could say…

Mi presti dieci euro? Sono completamente al verde!
Can I borrow ten euros? I’m completely broke!

And that’s the end of our lesson on how to say rich in Italian!

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