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

  • Apartment - l'appartamento

  • Apartment building - il palazzo

  • Attic - la soffitta

  • Balcony - il balcone

  • Bathroom - il bagno

  • Bedroom - la camera da letto

    • Bed - il letto

    • Closet - l’armadio

    • Nightstand - il comodino

    • Pillow - il cuscino

  • Ceiling - il soffitto

  • Cellar - la cantina

  • Closet - l'armadio

  • Dining room - la sala da pranzo

    • Chair - la sedia

    • Dishwasher - la lavastoviglie

    • Table - il tavolo

  • Door - la porta

  • Doorbell - il campanello

  • Elevator - l'ascensore

  • First floor - il primo piano

  • Floor - il pavimento

  • Furniture - gli arredamenti

  • Garage - il box

  • Garden - Il giardino / l'orto

  • Hallway - l'ingresso

  • House - la casa

  • Kitchen - la cucina

    • 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.

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