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Good Morning In Italian. 40+ Ways To Say It Like A Local



Ciao! Have you ever wanted to impress your Italian friends or colleagues by greeting them with a cheerful “Buongiorno!” in the morning? Learning this simple yet charming Italian phrase can be a great way to break the ice and show your appreciation for Italian culture.

In this comprehensive guide, you’ll learn everything there is to know about saying “good morning” in Italian language. From spelling and pronunciation to greetings for family, friends, and formal situations, you’ll master all the common Italian morning greetings. I’ll also teach you useful morning-related phrases, quotes, songs, and more to help you start your day the Italian way.

So brew yourself an Italian espresso and join me in exploring the melodic “Buongiorno!”

Buongiorno Meaning, Pronunciation & Spelling

Before I tell you all the correct ways to write and pronounce buongiorno, let me reveal which form of this Italian greeting is incorrect. You might be using it without knowing it’s wrong.

Bongiorno Is Incorrect

While “bongiorno” might seem like a plausible way to say “good morning” in Italian by combining “buon” and “giorno,” it is, in fact, incorrect. The correct term is “buongiorno,” as it originates from the fusion of the two words, without any orthographic changes. The subtle yet crucial distinction between “bongiorno” and “buongiorno” lies in the proper spelling and pronunciation. 

Understanding this distinction is vital in mastering the art of Italian greetings. So, if you’ve been using this incorrect version, it’s time for you to bid farewell to the non-existent “bongiorno” and embrace the authentic charm of “buongiorno”.

Buongiorno Meaning

As I already mentioned, buongiorno is made by the two words: “buon” and “giorno”. Its meaning is the same as the combined meaning of those words. 

Buon means good

Giorno means day

It follows that buongiorno simply means good day in Italian. And that’s why Italians use it to greet each other in the morning because it’s very polite and friendly to wish someone a good day.

How To Spell It: Buongiorno Or Buon Giorno

We already saw that bongiorno is spelled wrongly. However, you might be wondering whether you should write buongiorno as one word or two. Maybe, you also want to know whether they are both correct spelling options. So, let me tell you.

It’s all about Grammar, and that’s where my favorite grammatical exercise comes handy. I am referring to “analisi grammaticale” or grammatical analysis.

Both “buongiorno” and “buon giorno” are correct if you use them to greet people.

On the other hand, if you use the word as a noun in your sentence, then it must be written as one word.

Here are a few examples. 

1. “Buongiorno Giovanni.”

Translates to: Good morning Mr. Giovanni.

2. “Buon giorno mamma.”

Translates to: Good morning mum.

3. “Ma che buongiorno.”

Translates to: What a good day.

4. “Sai che non mi hai dato il buongiorno?”

Translates to: Do you know you haven’t wished me good morning?

Examples 1 and 2 above show a greeting, whereas examples 3 and 4 are sentences where buongiorno is used as a noun. As you can see, in the first two examples I have written the greeting both as one word and two words, and that’s completely correct. However, in the last two examples, buongiorno must be written as one word, simply because it functions as a noun.

Buongiorno Pronunciation

Listen to me say buongiorno, and practice along. Later on in this post, I will also share a list of songs you can add to your Italian-inspired morning routines.

Buongiorno audio spoken by an Italian

Rome sunrise and morning in Italian

Morning In Italian: Mattina

In English Good morning and morning are often used interchangeably, especially in slang. Well, that’s not the same in Italian. We don’t really say “giorno Alessia”.

Another important distinction to make is the meaning of buongiorno vs. morning in Italian. Morning in Italian is “mattina”, while “giorno” is the second word that makes up “buongiorno” which means day.

This implies that while in English you are truly wishing a good morning, in Italian you are wishing a good day. This is not only a language and grammatical difference, but also a cultural one.

Going back to “mattina”, you could say “buona mattina” or buona mattinata, but it’s not very popular. Instead, you might say “passa una bella mattina”, which translates to spending a beautiful morning, or better yet I wish you a beautiful morning. Another more popular expression is “ti auguro una buona mattina”, which has the same meaning as the one before.

How To Say Good Morning In Italian In Different Situations

Let the fun begin. If you came for the examples, here you go, the next section will give you plenty. You’ll learn all the ways to say good morning in Italian in different situations, from friends to professors, when you are feeling moody or want to be funny. Enjoy!

Other Italian Morning Greetings

You’ll see in a minute how the most common way to say good morning is simply buongiorno + the name or title of the person you are addressing it to. However, there are other ways to do it too. Have a look.

  1. “Buon di” -> Good day or Have a good day (Note: This is a less common way of saying “good morning” in Italian, to be used only in informal situations.)
  2. “Buondi” -> An alternative way to write the previous one.
  3. “Buon mattino” -> Good morning (literally “good morning time”)
  4. “Buon risveglio” -> Good awakening or Good morning (often used when someone wakes up)
  5. “Ben svegliato” -> Well awakened (used when someone has just woken up)
  6. “Buongiornissimo” -> A very enthusiastic way of saying Good morning!
  7. “Buongiorno e buona giornata” -> Good morning and have a good day. (This is a common phrase used to wish someone a good day after saying “good morning.”)

Italian Morning Greetings For Family & Friends

This is how you wish a good morning to your dearest family members and friends.

  1. “Buongiorno a tutti” -> Good morning everyone.
  2. “Buongiorno ragazzi” -> Good morning, guys.
  3. “Buongiorno bella” -> Good morning, beautiful. (used to address a woman)
  4. “Buongiorno mamma” -> Good morning, mom.
  5. “Buongiorno zia” -> Good morning, aunt.
  6. “Buongiorno nonna” -> Good morning, grandma.
  7. “Buongiorno cugina” -> Good morning, cousin (female).
  8. “Buongiorno nipote” -> Good morning, grandchild/nephew. (depending on whether a grandma or an aunty is saying that)
  9. “Buongiorno sorellina” -> Good morning, little sister.
  10. “Buongiorno [Nome]” -> Good morning, [Name]. (You can use Buongiorno followed by the person’s name to greet them personally.)

university, formal good morning in Italian

Formal Good Morning In Italian

After so many informal examples, below you’ll find different examples of formal greetings with buongiorno.

  1. “Buongiorno Signora” -> Good morning, Madam or Good morning, Ma’am.
  2. “Buongiorno Signore” -> Good morning, Sir.
  3. “Buongiorno Professore” -> Good morning, Professor.
  4. “Buongiorno Dottore” -> Good morning, Doctor.
  5. “Buongiorno Ingegnere” -> Good morning, Engineer.
  6. “Buongiorno Ispettore” -> Good morning, Inspector.
  7. “Buongiorno Avvocato” -> Good morning, Lawyer or Good morning, Attorney. (used to address a lawyer in a formal setting)

Romantic Good Morning In Italian

If you came to learn how to say good morning to your wife in Italian, then this is the section for you. 

“Buongiorno amore mio” -> Good morning, my love.

   (A tender and affectionate way to say good morning my love in Italian.)

 “Buongiorno amore” -> Good morning, love.

   (A sweet and endearing way to say good morning to your beloved.)

 “Buongiorno principessa” -> Good morning, princess.

   (A charming way to greet someone special, often used to show admiration and affection.)

If you are looking to know more about the buongiorno principessa meaning, here is a fun fact. 

This phrase is from the movie “La vita è bella” directed by Roberto Benigni in 1997, and it became popular due to its heartwarming context.

 “Buongiorno tesoro” -> Good morning, treasure.

   (An endearing way to greet someone special, expressing affection and care.)

“Buongiorno dolcezza” -> Good morning, sweetness.

   (A charming way to say good morning to someone dear, highlighting their sweetness.)

 “Buongiorno piccola” -> Good morning, little one or Good morning, dear.

   (Used to address someone with affection, often used for a loved one or a younger person.)

“Buongiorno bellezza” -> Good morning, beauty.

   (A complimenting way to greet someone, expressing admiration for their beauty.)

Good Morning In Italian Funny ( With Memes)

These are perfect funny messages I wrote, which you can send to a friend or loved one via WhatsApp or email. You’ll both smile, that’s for sure. You might also get a little hungry, apologies in advance 🙂.

funny meme for work about good morning in italian

“Buongiorno a tutti. Come al solito sono sempre in ritardo.”

Literal translation: Good morning, everyone. As usual, I’m always late.

funny meme about italian good morning food

“Buongiorno con il muesli (meh), che buongiorno e’. Ho voglia di un bel cornetto.”

Translation: Good morning with muesli (meh), how great it is. I’m craving a delicious croissant.

funny meme with dog about good morning in italian

Mi alzo solo perché oggi la mamma ha fatto la crostata, altrimenti..

Translation: I’m only getting up because Mom made the tart today, otherwise…

Buongiorno. Meno male che non sono a dieta. Un bel cornetto e cappuccino ci vuole proprio.

Translation: Good morning. Thank goodness I’m not on a diet. A nice croissant and cappuccino are a must.

funny meme about buongiorno in italian

Buongiorno a te, buonanotte a me. Io continuo a dormire!!

Translation: Good morning to you, good night to me. I’m going back to sleep!!

funny meme with picture about buongiorno

Buongiorno. Per Natale, vorrei una sveglia che profumasse di treccine al cioccolato.

Translation: Good morning. For Christmas, I’d like an alarm clock that smells like chocolate braids.

Buongiorno Based On The Weather & Season

Now these are not grammatically perfect when it comes to greeting someone. For example, I wouldn’t say buongiorno freddo on its own, but they are a great way to use in a sentence when you are speaking about the morning and the weather, or right after someone wishes you a good morning. They are also a good conversation starter. Let’s see them together.

Buongiorno freddo. Example: “Che buongiorno freddo, Alessia.”

Translation: Cold morning. Example: What a cold morning, Alessia.

Buongiorno caldo. Example: “Buongiorno, Franco.” “Si, un buongiorno caldo.”

Translation: Hot morning. Example: Good morning, Franco. Yes, a warm morning indeed.

Buongiorno nuvoloso. Example: “Oggi, buongiorno nuvoloso.”

Translation: Cloudy morning. Example: Today, a cloudy morning.

Buongiorno annebbiato. Example: “Buongiorno annebbiato, oggi”.

Translation: Foggy morning. Example: Foggy morning today.

Buongiorno scottante. Example: “Ma che buongiorno scottante.”

Translation: Scorching morning. Example: Wow, what a scorching morning.

Buongiorno afoso. Example: “Niente da fare, oggi buongiorno afoso.”

Translation: Sultry morning. Example: No relief, it’s a sultry morning today.

Buongiorno gelato. Example: “Buongiorno tesoro.” “Ma che buongiorno gelato mamma”.

Translation: Icy morning. Example: Good morning, sweetheart. Oh, what a chilly morning, Mom.

Buongiorno primaverile. Example: “Un buongiorno primaverile.”

Translation: Spring-like morning. Example: A spring-like morning.

Buongiorno autunnale. Example: “Un buongiorno autunnale.”

Translation: Autumnal morning. Example: An autumnal morning.

Buongiorno estivo. Example: “Un buongiorno estivo.”

Translation: Summery morning. Example: A summery morning.

Buongiorno invernale. Example: “Buongiorno invernale.”

Translation: Wintery morning. Example: A wintery morning.

Buongiorno natalizio. Example: “Buongiorno natalizio”.

Translation: Christmassy morning. Example: A Christmassy morning.

Same as in the previous section you can use the word good morning to express the way you feel. It’s like matching your shoes and bag, only you are doing it with good morning and your mood.

Buongiorno difficile. Example: “Buongiorno Marco.” “Ma, e’ stato un buongiorno difficile”.

Translation: Difficult morning. Example: Good morning, Marco. Well, it’s been a difficult morning.

Buongiorno gioioso. Example: “Buongiorno Pia.” “Si, proprio un buongiorno gioioso”.

Translation: Joyful morning. Example: Good morning, Pia. Yes, it’s truly a joyful morning.

Buongiorno perfetto. Example: “Buongiorno Vera.” “E che buongiorno perfetto”.

Translation: Perfect morning. Example: Good morning, Vera. And what a perfect morning.

Buongiorno ideale. Example: “Buongiorno Teresa.” “Si, proprio un buongiorno ideale”.

Translation: Ideal morning. Example: Good morning, Teresa. Yes, it’s indeed an ideal morning.

Buongiorno felice. Example: “Buongiorno Vera.” “E che buongiorno felice”.

Translation: Happy morning. Example: Good morning, Vera. And what a happy morning.

Buongiorno brutto. Example: “Buongiorno Marco.” “Non per me, ho avuto un buongiorno brutto”.

Translation: Bad morning. Example: Good morning, Marco. Not for me, I’ve had a bad morning.

Cattivo buongiorno. Example: “Oggi, cattivo buongiorno.”

Translation: Unpleasant morning. Example: Today, an unpleasant morning.

Buongiorno da matti. Example: “Ma che buongiorno da matti.”

Translation: Crazy morning. Example: But what a crazy morning.

Buongiorno pessimo. Example: “Proprio un pessimo buongiorno.”

Translation: Terrible morning. Example: Truly a terrible morning.

italian saying and replying buongiorno on the streets

Pick Your Buongiorno Reply 

Now that you know all the common ways to use buongiorno and the other ways to say that, it’s time to learn about the different buongiorno replies. Of course, you could simply say buongiorno back, but that would get boring, wouldn’t it?

Replies to Buongiorno.

Buongiorno anche a te / a lei.

Translation: Good morning to you too / to you (formal).

Buongiorno + nome

Translation: Good morning, [Name].

Ben trovato.

Translation: Nice to meet you. (Used when meeting someone for the first time.)

Buondi caro/cara.

Translation: Hi dear. (A friendly and informal way to greet someone.)

Buongiorno e buona giornata.

Translation: Good morning and have a good day. (A common way to wish someone a good day after saying “good morning.”)


Translation: A very enthusiastic and elongated way of saying “Good morning!”

Buongiorno, tutto bene?

Translation: Good morning, everything alright? (Used to ask someone if they are doing well.)

Buon risveglio.

Translation: Good awakening. (Used to wish someone a good morning after waking up.)

E che buon giorno.

Translation: And what a good day. (Used to express enthusiasm about the day.)

Ben svegliato.

Translation: Well awaken. (Used when you wake up earlier than the person you’re greeting.)

Buongiorno cucciolo/a.

Translation: Good morning, little one. (A sweet and affectionate way to greet a child.)

Of course, you can scroll back up and also use all the other ways to say buongiorno, be it one of the romantic ones or those in the family section.

Until Which Time Can You Say Buongiorno? 

The rule is the same in Italian as it is in English, and probably most other languages. You should use “buongiorno” and any alternatives until noon.

What to say next?

Right after, you could say buona giornata, although the official afternoon greeting is “buon pomeriggio” which means good afternoon.

PS: In certain regions, especially in Northern and central Italy, I have noticed people say buongiorno up to the late afternoon. So don’t be too surprised if you too encounter that.

Italian Morning Phrases & Sayings

After you have practiced your buongiorno and the various ways to reply, you might want to learn the following morning phrases. They will surely come in handy if you aim to get better at chatting in Italian. Of course, there’s more than just these, but these will get you started. PS: I have included a few hilarious ones 🙂

Ti sei svegliato con le galline?

Translation: Did you wake up with the chickens? (An idiomatic expression used to ask if someone woke up very early.)

Ti sei alzato col piede sbagliato?

Translation: Did you get up on the wrong foot? (An idiomatic expression used to ask if someone is in a bad mood.)

Ho il sonno profondo.

Translation: I have a deep sleep. (Used to describe someone who sleeps deeply and soundly.)

Hai il sonno leggero.

Translation: You have a light sleep. (Used to describe someone who wakes up easily during the night.)

Andiamo al letto con le galline.

Translation: Let’s go to bed with the chickens. (An idiomatic expression used to suggest going to bed early.)

Mi hai svegliato.

Translation: You woke me up.

Andiamo a letto.

Translation: Let’s go to bed.

Alle 10 luci spente.

Translation: Lights off at 10. (Used to indicate that the lights will be turned off at 10 PM.)

Dammi il bacio della buonanotte.

Translation: Give me a goodnight kiss.

Non vedo l’ora che sia domani.

Translation: I can’t wait for tomorrow. (Used to express excitement or anticipation for the next day.)

Come hai dormito?

Translation: How did you sleep?

Ti sei addormentato subito.

Translation: You fell asleep right away.

Sai che russi?

Translation: Do you know that you snore?

Ma quanto russi!

Translation: You really snore a lot!

Ti muovi tantissimo.

Translation: You move a lot. (Used to describe someone who tosses and turns in their sleep.)

Sai che parli nel sonno?

Translation: Do you know that you talk in your sleep?

Che brutta nottata / Che nottataccia.

Translation: What a bad night.

Non ho dormito per niente.

Translation: I didn’t sleep at all.

Non sono riuscita ad addormentarmi.

Translation: I couldn’t fall asleep.

Una notte in bianco.

Translation: A sleepless night. (Used to describe a night where someone didn’t sleep at all.)

Che bella dormita.

Translation: What a nice sleep.

Hai dormito bene? / Come hai dormito?

Translation: Did you sleep well? / How did you sleep?

Mi hai sognato?

Translation: Did you dream about me?

Hai riposato?

Translation: Did you rest?

Come hai trovato il letto? / Comodo il letto?

Translation: How did you find the bed? / Is the bed comfortable?

Che piani hai oggi?

Translation: What are your plans for today?

Cosa farai oggi?

Translation: What will you do today?

Sei impegnato oggi?

Translation: Are you busy today?

Che cosa vuoi mangiare oggi?

Translation: What do you want to eat today?

Che cosa si fa oggi?

Translation: What are we doing today?

Dove andiamo stamattina?

Translation: Where are we going this morning?

Facciamo colazione.

Translation: Let’s have breakfast.

Hai fame?

Translation: Are you hungry?

Prendi il caffè?

Translation: Do you want some coffee?

italian good morning quotes

Italian Good Morning Quotes + Proverbs

Like I did in the buonanotte article, which you are more than welcome to read next, I am also going to give you a list of famous quotes and popular proverbs that are all about the morning. Be prepared to see the word mattina repeated a lot in this list. Here they come.

Good Morning Quotes in Italian

“C’è una forma di schiavitù che forse non finirà mai: quella dei bambini costretti a quattro o cinque ore di scuola ogni mattina appena svegli.”

Giovanni Soriano, Maldetti, 2007

Translation: There is a form of slavery that perhaps will never end: that of children forced to four or five hours of school every morning, just after waking up. (PS: I totally agree with that!)

“Quando è tutto fatto, le mattine sono tristi.”

Antonio Porchia, Voci, 1943

Translation: When everything is done, the mornings are sad.

“Essere ottimisti significa aprire gli occhi ogni mattina e lasciarli aperti nonostante tutto.”

Simona Ingrassia (Aforismi inediti su Aforismario)

Translation: Being optimistic means opening your eyes every morning and keeping them open despite everything.

Beautiful Italian Morning Proverbs

Il buongiorno si vede dal mattino.

Translation: The morning can foretell how the day will be.

Chi perde la mattina perde il giorno. (similar to Chi dorme non piglia pesci)

Translation: Those who waste the morning, waste the day. (similar to “The early bird catches the worm.”)

Il mattino è corto per chi si alza a mezzogiorno.

Translation: The morning is short for those who wake up at noon. (Used to emphasize the importance of starting the day early.)

Il mattino è più saggio della sera.

Translation: The morning is wiser than the evening. (Used to suggest that it’s better to make decisions and take action in the morning.)

Malo vicino cattivo mattino.

Translation: A bad neighbor means a bad morning. (Used to express that a bad start to the day can be influenced by external factors like a troublesome neighbor.)

making coffee with italian caffettiera in the morning

Good Morning Songs in Italian

To practice your “buongiorno” you should start your mornings with one of these Italian songs. They all have buongiorno in the title and they’ll surely help you learn more about this greeting and the morning time in Italian. Plus, they are really beautiful songs. Happy listening!

  1. Buongiorno Bell’anima by Biagio Antonacci
  2. Buongiorno a te by Luciano Pavarotti (written by Michele Centonze)
  3. Buongiorno by Jovanotti
  4. Buongiorno by Alessandra Amoroso
  5. Buongiorno Bambina by Eros Ramazzotti

Final Thoughts

There you have it – a complete guide to saying “good morning” in Italian for any situation or mood. With all these examples and tips, you’ll be starting your mornings by charmingly greeting your Italian friends and colleagues.

Remember, the proper spelling is “buongiorno” and not “bongiorno”. Make sure to tailor your greeting to who you’re addressing and don’t say it in the evening.

Start practicing these melodic Italian morning greetings, and you’ll surely impress native speakers with your knowledge of their culture and language. Ciao and buongiorno from Italy! I hope you found this guide helpful.

Should you wish to continue learning, check out this article about the Italian good-night greeting.

Frequently Asked Questions about Buongiorno

Do Italians say buongiorno all day? 

No, buongiorno is used as a morning greeting until around noon, after which Italians switch to saying buon pomeriggio (good afternoon).

Can you say buongiorno for goodbye? 

No, buongiorno is specifically a greeting used in the morning hours. For goodbye, ciao is more commonly used. 

How to pronounce buongiorno in Italian? 

Buongiorno is pronounced “bwon-jor-no” with the stress on the second syllable. 

When to use buongiorno? 

Use buongiorno as a morning greeting from when you wake up until around noon. After noon, switch to buon pomeriggio or buona sera.

Is buongiorno one word? 

Buongiorno can be written as either one word or two words (buon giorno) when used as a greeting. As a noun in a sentence, it is written as one word.

What’s the difference between buongiorno and buona mattina? 

Buongiorno means “good day” while buona mattina means “good morning.” Buongiorno is more commonly used.

What’s the formal vs. informal way to say good morning in Italian? 

The formal way is “Buongiorno, signore/signora” while the informal is just “Buongiorno” or “Buongiorno [name]”.

How do you reply to buongiorno in Italian? 

Common replies include “Buongiorno a lei” (formal you), “Buongiorno anche a te” (informal you), or just “buongiorno” + their name.

What time of day do Italians stop saying buongiorno? 

Most Italians stop using buongiorno and switch to buon pomeriggio around noon. 

What are some other ways to say good morning in Italian besides buongiorno? 

Some alternatives are “buon di”, “buona mattina”, “buon mattino”, and “ben svegliato”.

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