Italian Vocabulary for the House

Learn how to talk about your home

Potted Plants On Balcony Of House in Italy
Potted Plants On Balcony Of House in Italy. Torsten Barabass / EyeEm

Imagine you’re visiting a friend in Florence, and she has just moved into a brand new apartment in the San Lorenzo neighborhood. She invites you over for aperitivo, and when you arrive, she gives you a tour of the apartment. Suddenly the vocabulary has gotten very specific, and knowing how to say words like “hallway” or “cupboards” become essential.

Whether you’re in a situation like that or you want to be able to talk about your home, here’s vocabulary and phrases to help you have that that conversation.

Key Vocabulary

Bedroom - la camera da letto

  • Bed - il letto
  • Closet - l’armadio
  • Nightstand - il comodino
  • Pillow - il cuscino
  • ​Closet - l'armadio

Dining room - la sala da pranzo

  • Chair - la sedia
  • Table - il tavolo​

Kitchen - la cucina

  • Dishwasher - la lavastoviglie
  • Bowl - la ciotola
  • Cupboard - Armadietti/ armadietti pensili
  • Fork - la forchetta
  • Glass - il bicchiere
  • Knife - il coltello
  • Plate - il piatto
  • Refrigerator - il frigorifero
  • Sink - il lavandino
  • Spoon - il cucchiaio
  • Kitchenette - il cucinino

Living room - il soggiorno/il salotto

  • Armchair - la poltrona
  • Couch - il divano
  • Painting - il quadro
  • Remote - il telecomando
  • TV - la TV

Key Phrases

  • Abitiamo al primo piano. - We live on the first floor.
  • Il palazzo è molto vecchio. -  The building is very old.
  • Non c’è l’ascensore. - There’s no elevator.
  • Abbiamo appena comprato una nuova casa! - We just bought a new house!
  • Ci siamo appena spostati in una nuova casa/un nuovo appartamento. We just moved to a new house/apartment.
  • La casa ha due stanze da letto e un bagno e mezzo. - The house has two bedrooms and one a half baths.
  • Vieni, ti faccio vedere/ti mostro la casa. - Come on, let me give you a tour.
  • L’appartamento ha tante finestre, quindi c’è molta luce naturale. - The apartment has a lot of windows, which means there is a lot of natural light.
  • Questa stanza sarà il mio ufficio! - This room will be my office!
  • La cucina è la mia stanza preferita. - The kitchen is my favorite room.
  • Andiamo in cucina. - Let’s go to the kitchen.

TIP: Many English speakers make the mistake of using the preposition “a” with talking about going to or being in the kitchen. However, in Italian, you must use the preposition “in”.

  • Passo molto tempo in giardino. - I spend a lot of time in the garden.
  • Pitturiamo la settimana prossima. - We’re going to paint next week.

TIP: If you were painting the walls white, you would use the verb, “imbiancare”.

If you’re interested in renting an apartment in Italy for a short-term vacation or a longer term situation, here is a list of phrases and vocabulary to learn.