5 Italian Phrases…

#DolceVitaBloggers Linkup – #5 May 2018 – 5 Italian words/phrases

In collaboration with the Dolce Vita Bloggers, Kelly at Italian at Heart, Jasmine at Questa Dolce Vita, and Kristie at Mammaprada,  here are my favourite Italian phrases that relate to five very important topics!


“Mangiare per vivere e non vivere per mangiare”

Eat to live, don’t live to eat

Food is such an important part of Italian life, and rightly so. Food is not only nourishment, but the mere centre point of Italian culture that unites all. I find this phrase, a representation of emotion and love, and enjoyment for what we consume.

Discover the legend behind tortellini and my recipe for Tortellini di Zucca here…



“Noi non potremo avere perfetta vita senza amici”

 We can’t have a perfect life without friends.

This is a famous quote by the father of the Italian language, Dante Alighieri. What better way to describe life without friends and the importance of friendship.


“Non posso vivere senza di te” 

I can’t live without you.

I love this romantic quote. I actually think it sounds better when spoken in Italian.



“La vita è un viaggio. Chi viaggia vive due volte”

Life is a voyage! Those who travel live twice!

As travel is a strong passion of mine, I strongly believe we learn so much from these voyages. Travelling opens the door to new and different experiences and what better way to live!

Read my post on Cinque Terre Charm here…



“Non tutte le ciambelle riescono col buco”

Not all doughnuts come out with a hole

I found this phrase quite interesting. One, because it involves doughnuts, and two, because it just symbolizes what life is. Sometimes life (and doughnuts), are not what we expect. Neither do they turn out to be, what we planned. The important thing is, to accept it for what it is and savor your doughnut!

Sicilian doughnuts (Sfingi). Find my recipe here…


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51 thoughts on “5 Italian Phrases…

  1. “Mangiare per vivere e non vivere per mangiare”: Oh, I didn’t know this version! I knew the one stating: “Lavorare per vivere e non vivere per lavorare”!
    Very interesting picks, thanks for sharing!

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  2. Great phrases. I often wonder if I were to say one of our quotes/sayings in English if it would translate or if they would just look at me as if I was daft. So many words and expressions seem to get ‘lost in translation’

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  3. All very beautiful phrases! My favorite is the one about the doughnut. It reminds me that I am not fully in control of situations, but I am in control of my attitude and outlook in life! Grazie mille.

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