Italian Vocabulary - Days of the Week

Learn the words for Monday - Sunday

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What day is the market open? And what day does the post office close early? What day of the week do you want to go to Chianti?

Besides being able to tell the time, in order to figure out when to go to events and hang out with friends, you’ll need to know the days of the week in Italian.

Whether you’re reviewing the vocabulary or you’re learning it for the first time, below you’ll find useful examples for everyday conversations along with cocktail party facts so you can better understand the culture.

DAYS OF THE WEEK - I GIORNI DELLA SETTIMANA

  • Monday - lunedì

  • Tuesday - martedì

  • Wednesday - mercoledì

  • Thursday - giovedì

  • Friday - venerdì

  • Saturday - sabato

  • Sunday - domenica

Cocktail party fact: Notice how the first letter of the day of the week isn’t capitalized. In Italian, days of the week, months and seasons are all lowercase.

  • Weekend - il fine settimana

Cocktail party fact: You can also say “il weekend.”

Pronunciation

Notice how there is a grave accent mark (`) on the vocabulary words for Monday through Friday. That accent mark lets you know where to put the stress in the word, so in this case, the stress falls on the last syllable “di.”

Esempi:

  • A: Che giorno è oggi? - What day is it today?

  • B: Oggi è mercoledì. - Today is Wednesday.

  • Ieri era (è stato) martedì. - Yesterday was Tuesday.

  • Domani è giovedì. - Tomorrow is Thursday.

  • Il lunedì la maggior parte dei ristoranti sono chiusi. - On Mondays the majority of restaurants are closed.

  • Il weekend il mercato è aperto. - The market is open on the weekends.

  • Frequento le lezioni da lunedì a venerdì. - I attend lessons from Monday to Friday.

  • Parto per l’Italia sabato. - I’m leaving for Italy on Saturday.

  • Perché non è ancora venerdì!? - Why isn’t it Friday yet!?

  • Sono libero venerdì sera. Ti va di andare al cinema? - I’m free Friday. Want to go to the movies?

  • Il giorno più bello della settimana è lunedì perché è l’inizio di una nuova settimana. - The greatest day of the week is Monday because it’s the start of a new week.

  • A: Qual è il vostro giorno di riposo (di chiusura)? - When is your day off?

  • B: Siamo chiusi tutte le domeniche mattina. -  Our day off is every Sunday morning.

Cocktail party fact: Lunedì, martedì, mercoledì, giovedì e venerdì are INVARIABLE, so they don’t change in their plural form. Sabato e domenica, however, have a plural form when needed. (e.g.: ...i sabati; ...le domeniche.)

  • Vado a danza tutti i lunedì. - I take my dance class every Monday.

  • La mensa rimane aperta più a lungo le domeniche. - Dining hall stays open longer on Sundays.

  • Ogni martedì raccolgono la carta. - Each Tuesday is paper garbage collection.

Make Your Bridges for Tuesdays & Thursdays

When a religious festival or holiday, like Festa della Repubblica or Ognissanti, falls on a Tuesday (martedì) or a Thursday (giovedì), Italians oftentimes fare il ponte, which literally means to make the bridge, and figuratively means to make a four-day holiday. That means they taken off the intervening Monday or Friday.