23 Words that Prove Italian is the Most Beautiful Language

I’m of the opinion that Italian is the most romantic language in the world. You may think I’m biased, seeing my story and travels. Ahem! But hear me out….Over the years I’ve realized that even the most boring Italian words are 100% more beautiful sounding and definitely more sexy. I know for a fact that locals would probably look at me and go WHATTTTT??but trust me as a foreigner learning the language I’m smitten by it! And I know, I’m not the only one. I mean who would think the Italian word for trash/garbage would be so lovely??! It is spazzatura by the way 😉 So anyway, this thought pushed me to make a list of the most ordinary, regular and simple 23 words that prove Italian is the most beautiful language!

A request- please be kind! If there’s a mistake or a spelling error, remember I’m a language learner and not an Italian teacher. I’m passionate about studying the Italian language and here to share it with all of you!

23 Words that Prove Italian is the Most Beautiful Language

1. Piccolezza- smallness, minuteness or a little thing

2. Esasperante- Infuriating, irritating, annoying etc (depends on context of usage)

3. Dondolare- this is a verb which means to bob, swing or sway

4. Zanzariera- mosquito net!

5. Pellegrinaggio- pilgrimage (remember to break the word to pronounce it correctly!)

6. Squallido-bleak, sullen, gloomy, dreary etc. (depends on context of usage)

7. Zelo- enthusiasm or zeal

8. Sedurre- this is a verb which means to entice or seduce

9. Indovino- seer or a fortune teller

Fun fact: the verb “indovinare” means take a guess!

10. Alquanto- quite, almost, kind of, rather

11. Pungente- pungent

12. Prevedibile- predictable

13. Menzogna- lie, falsehood or deception

14. Sfuggevole- fleeting, elusive

15. Spettro- spectrum

16. Biancastra- off-white, whitish

Fun fact: I read the word biancastra in Tiziano Terzani’s “Un Indovino mi disse”. It stayed with me because he was explaining a particular road in Vietnam. This book explores the author’s travels in South East Asia.

17. Razzo- flare or a rocket

18. Rimembranza- remembrance (be careful of the Italian spelling!)

19. Sobborgo- suburb

20. Gelsomino- jasmine

21. Sconclusionato- inconclusive, illogical, irrelevant

22. Rametto- twig or small branch

23. Intrappolare- this is a verb which means to trap or ensnare

So did you learn new words from this list?? Don’t these words make Italian language even more beautiful! 🙂

Also Read:

Charming Italian Words I love

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  • LuLu B - Calabrisella Mia
    December 29, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    These are great! I love the verb dondolare.

    • Italophilia
      December 30, 2020 at 10:06 am

      Thanks Lulu. I love it too 😀 Happy 2021!

  • Manja Mexi
    December 26, 2020 at 2:58 am

    What a great collection again, Ishita! I just went through your list with amore. Many of these words were new for me, for example zelo, menzogna and alquanto. I asked him why he was not using these words more often, hehe. And you’re right, spazzatura is a great word, but pungente not so much. 😉 I love Karen’s comment above! My favourite of these is dondolare, followed by gelsomino. Keep it up, I love learning Italian by way of your selections.

    • Italophilia
      December 28, 2020 at 9:26 am

      Oh wow, if amore approved, I love them more 😉 Thanks so much. I love these words and they are my hard work from few weeks. I loved gelsomino too.

  • Cristina
    December 25, 2020 at 12:29 am

    I totally agree Ishita! The Italian language is so musical, even a phrase like Immundizia Puzzolente sounds like a movie star diva’s name when in fact it means stinky mound of garbage! I wrote a short story once with a diva character I gave that name to! Here’s to a new and improved year where we can hopefully get back to Italia! Buone Feste, Cristina

    • Italophilia
      December 25, 2020 at 9:43 am

      You’re so right. And wow what a word! Thanks for sharing. Buone feste carissima!

  • KareninCalabria
    December 24, 2020 at 11:55 am

    Are you trying to intrappolarci, dandolando queste piccolezze before our eyes? You are seducendo us with your zelo!

    • Italophilia
      December 24, 2020 at 12:00 pm

      Hahahahhah!! I love this Karen. What a smart comment 😉 Si, that’s the plan!! But you know when I learn new words I rarely use them in regular sentences. Ugh, its so hard.


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