Italian numbers 1 -100 and beyond lesson

Complete Guide To The Italian Numbers 1 to 100 & Beyond – Learn To Count Like A Native Speaker



Learning to count from 1 to 100 in Italian is a foundational milestone for beginner learners. This comprehensive guide will equip you to master Italian cardinal numbers, with pronunciation tips, grammar rules, and examples along the way.

We’ll break down numbers 1-10 before building up through the teens, tens, and patterns that form higher numbers up to 100. We’ll also cover unique rules for writing numbers out and expressing quantities like years, phone numbers, and more. Alongside counting, you’ll learn related concepts like ordinal numbers, fractions, multiples, and more. 

Moreover, I’ll ensure you can apply this knowledge to big numbers over 100. Learn the Italian words for thousand, million, billion and begin articulating large numbers smoothly. Follow each section carefully and test your comprehension through 100 and beyond. With this in-depth guide, you’ll count like a native.

To keep things fun, I’ve also included some information about lucky numbers and their significance in Italian culture towards the end.

Italian Numbers 1-100 Overview

Have a quick look at all the numbers from 1 to 100 in the chart below.

But make sure to keep reading as I have included examples for each number, so you can practice and learn them properly.

Italian numbers 1-100
Italian Numbers 1-100

Italian Numbers 1 to 10

> Like in English these are the base numbers we’ll be using to count over twenty, hundred, 1000, etc so let’s grasp them well.

One in Italian

Number one is “uno” in Italian.

PS: If you use uno to quantify something, you will be using the indefinite article. In that case, uno becomes un, una, or un’ depending on the word it precedes. You can learn more about these in this article (coming soon).

Mi dai uno di questi giornali? (here the number is just a pronoun)
Vorrei un cornetto. (here the number is an indefinite article)

Two in Italian

Two in Italian is “due”.

Due panini per favore. (here due is an adjective)
Ci vediamo alle due. (here due is a pronoun)

Three in Italian

Tre” is number three.

Francesco ha tre bambine piccole. (tre is an adjective)
Il maestro ci ha dato tre compiti. (tre is again an adjective)

Four in Italian

Four is “quattro” in Italian.

Ne voglio quattro, per favore. (quattro is an adjective here)
Sono le quattro e trenta. (here quattro is a pronoun)

Five in Italian

Five is “cinque”.

Il cinque e’ il mio preferito. (cinque serves as a noun here)
Dammi il cinque. (five is a pronoun in this case)

Six in Italian

Six is “sei” in Italian.

Io ne vedo solo sei. (pronoun)
Chi ha detto sei? (pronoun)

Seven in Italian

Sette” is seven.

Alle sette viene la nonna. (pronoun)
Ci sono sette farfalle sul balcone. (adjective)

Eight in Italian

Otto” is eight.

Ho otto nuovi studenti. (adjective)
Mi dia otto costolette. (adjective)

Nine in Italian

Nine is “nove”.

Cosa significa vedere il numero nove? (pronoun)

Ten in Italian

In Italian, we say “dieci”.

Non dimenticarti di lavare le dieci camicie estive. (adjective)

Italian Numbers Grammar

Before proceeding to learn the other numbers, let’s get to know the different grammatical functions of the numbers.

We have already seen in the examples above that a number can sometimes be a noun, or a pronoun and at others be an adjective.

How do you recognize their function? Follow these rules:

  1. When a number accompanies a noun it usually serves as an adjective.
  2. When there is no noun but just the number, it’s usually a pronoun.
  3. When the subject of the sentence is the number, it’s a noun.

Italian Ordinal Numbers, Cardinal Numbers, and All Types of Numbers

In Italian numbers are distinguished into different groups depending on the type of information they give.

When we use the numbers to count from 1 to 100 – like uno, due, tre, etc – those are called numeri cardinali.

Italian Ordinal Numbers are called numeri ordinali and they give us information about the position of something. Examples: primo, secondo, terzo (meaning first, second, third).

Numeri Moltiplicativi

When numbers imply a multiplication, like double and triple, they are called numeri moltiplicativi. 

Here are the most used in the Italian language:

Doppio – double
Triplo – triple
Quadruplo – quadruple
Quintuplo – quintuple
Centuplo – a hundredfold

Numeri Frazionari

Numeri frazionari indicate a fraction. Examples are metà (half), un terzo (one third), un quinto (one fifth).

The most common ones to know are these:

Metà – half
Un terzo – one third
Un quarto – one fourth
Un quinto – one fifth
Un sesto – one sixth
Un settimo – one seventh
Un ottavo – one eight
Due terzi – two third
Tre quarti – three fourth

In any case, saying the others it’s really simple – use the Italian cardinal number, followed by the ordinal number. If you use number one at the beginning, the second number will also be singular (like un terzo). If you use two or a larger number first, the second number will also be plural (like tre quarti).

So ⅗ is tre quinti in Italian.

Numeri Collettivi

Collective numbers indicate a group containing a specific number. Below are the most common ones to learn in Italian:

Paio – Pair
Coppia – Couple
Dozzina – Dozen
Una terna – A triplet
Una triade – A triad
Una decina – 10 items
Ventina – 20 items
Trentina – Thirty items
Quarantina – Forty items
Cinquantina – Fifty items
Centinaio – Hundred
Migliaio – Thousand

Numeri Distributivi

These types of numbers indicate the order or distribution of things. Learn the most common ones:

A uno a uno – One by one
A due a due – Two by two
Uno per uno – One by one
Due per due – Two by two
Uno per volta – One at a time
Due per volta – Two at a time
Uno alla volta – One at a time
Due alla volta – Two at a time
Uno ciascuno – One each
Due per ciascuno – Two each

Italian Numbers 1-20

Looking at the first ten numbers again will not only help you revise but will act as a base for learning the numbers 11 to 20.

One – Uno
Two – Due
Three – Tre
Four – Quattro
Five – Cinque
Six – Sei
Seven – Sette
Eight – Otto
Nine – Nove
Ten – Dieci

Eleven in Italian 

Eleven in Italian is “undici”.

Ci sono undici studenti nella classe. (There are eleven students in the class.)

Twelve in Italian 

Twelve in Italian is “dodici”.

Ho dodici mele nel cesto. (I have twelve apples in the basket.)

Thirteen in Italian 

Thirteen in Italian is “thirteen”.

Mia sorella compie tredici anni domani. (My sister turns thirteen tomorrow.)

Fourteen in Italian 

Fourteen is “quattordici”.

Ho quattordici libri sulla mensola. (I have fourteen books on the shelf.)

Fifteen in Italian 

Fifteen is “quindici”.

Ci vogliono quindici minuti per arrivare a scuola. (It takes fifteen minutes to get to school.)

Sixteen in Italian 

Sixteen is “sedici”.

Ho sedici matite nel mio astuccio. (I have sixteen pencils in my pencil case.)

Seventeen in Italian 

Seventeen is “diciassette”.

Ci sono diciassette canzoni nella playlist. (There are seventeen songs in the playlist.)

Eighteen in Italian 

Eighteen is “diciotto”.

Ho appena compiuto diciotto anni. (I just turned eighteen.)

Nineteen in Italian 

Nineteen is “diciannove”.

L’esame inizia alle nove e diciannove. (The exam starts at nineteen minutes past nine.)

Twenty in Italian 

Twenty is “venti”.

Rimangano venti giorni fino a Natale. (There are twenty days left till Christmas.)

Italian Numbers 1-30

Once you look at the Italian numbers 1 to 30, things will start making sense. You’ll soon learn to count on your own to 100.

One – Uno
Two – Due
Three – Tre
Four – Quattro
Five – Cinque
Six – Sei
Seven – Sette
Eight – Otto
Nine – Nove
Ten – Dieci

Eleven – Undici
Twelve – Dodici
Thirteen – Tredici
Fourteen – Quattordici
Fifteen – Quindici
Sixteen – Sedici
Seventeen – Diciassette
Eighteen – Diciotto
Nineteen – Diciannove
Twenty – Venti

Twenty-one – Ventiuno
Twenty-two – Ventidue
Twenty-three – Ventitré
Twenty-four – Ventiquattro
Twenty-five – Venticinque
Twenty-six – Ventisei
Twenty-seven – Ventisette
Twenty-eight – Ventotto
Twenty-nine – Ventinove
Thirty – Trenta

Thirty in Italian

Thirty in Italian translates to “trenta”.

Sbrigati. Ci sono 30 clienti in fila. (Hurry up. 30 clients are waiting in line).

Numbers from 30 to 39 in Italian:

Thirty – Trenta
Thirty-one – Trentuno
Thirty-two – Trentadue
Thirty-three – Trentatré
Thirty-four – Trentaquattro
Thirty-five – Trentacinque
Thirty-six – Trentasei
Thirty-seven – Trentasette
Thirty-eight – Trentotto
Thirty-nine – Trentanove

Multiples of 10 In Italian: 40 In Italian Up To 90

Learning the multiples of 10 will set you up for success. Once you know those, counting to 100 will be pretty easy since you know the first 10 cardinal numbers and the structure of the numbers beyond those.

Forty in Italian

40 in Italian is “quaranta”.

Ci sono quaranta invitati alla festa. (The party has 40 guests).

Here’s how to say the numbers from 40 to 49 in Italian:

Forty – Quaranta
Forty-one – Quarantuno
Forty-two – Quarantadue
Forty-three – Quarantatré
Forty-four – Quarantaquattro
Forty-five – Quarantacinque
Forty-six – Quarantasei
Forty-seven – Quarantasette
Forty-eight – Quarantotto
Forty-nine – Quarantanove


50 in Italian is “cinquanta”.

Ho cinquanta pagine da leggere per domani. (I have fifty pages to read for tomorrow).

Numbers 50 to 59 in Italian:

Fifty – Cinquanta
Fifty-one – Cinquantuno
Fifty-two – Cinquantadue
Fifty-three – Cinquantatré
Fifty-four – Cinquantaquattro
Fifty-five – Cinquantacinque
Fifty-six – Cinquantasei
Fifty-seven – Cinquantasette
Fifty-eight – Cinquantotto
Fifty-nine – Cinquantanove

60 in Italian 

Sixty in Italian is “sessanta”.

La temperatura esterna è di sessanta gradi Fahrenheit. (The outside temperature is sixty degrees Fahrenheit.)

60 to 69 in Italian:

Sixty – Sessanta
Sixty-one – Sessantuno
Sixty-two – Sessantadue
Sixty-three – Sessantatré
Sixty-four – Sessantaquattro
Sixty-five – Sessantacinque
Sixty-six – Sessantasei
Sixty-seven – Sessantasette
Sixty-eight – Sessantotto
Sixty-nine – Sessantanove

70 in Italian 

Seventy in Italian is “settanta”.

Il nonno compie settant’anni oggi. (Grandpa turns seventy today.)

How to say the numbers from 70 to 79 in Italian:

Seventy – Settanta
Seventy-one – Settantuno
Seventy-two – Settantadue
Seventy-three – Settantatré
Seventy-four – Settantaquattro
Seventy-five – Settantacinque
Seventy-six – Settantasei
Seventy-seven – Settantasette
Seventy-eight – Settantotto
Seventy-nine – Settantanove

80 in Italian 

Eighty in Italian is “ottanta”.

Ci sono ottanta posti disponibili nel teatro. (There are eighty seats available in the theater.)

80 to 89 in Italian:

Eighty – Ottanta
Eighty-one – Ottantuno
Eighty-two – Ottantadue
Eighty-three – Ottantatré
Eighty-four – Ottantaquattro
Eighty-five – Ottantacinque
Eighty-six – Ottantasei
Eighty-seven – Ottantasette
Eighty-eight – Ottantotto
Eighty-nine – Ottantanove

90 in Italian 

Ninety in Italian is “novanta”.

Ho novanta secondi per risolvere questo puzzle. (I have ninety seconds to solve this puzzle.)

90 to 99 in Italian:

Ninety – Novanta
Ninety-one – Novantuno
Ninety-two – Novantadue
Ninety-three – Novantatré
Ninety-four – Novantaquattro
Ninety-five – Novantacinque
Ninety-six – Novantasei
Ninety-seven – Novantasette
Ninety-eight – Novantotto
Ninety-nine – Novantanove

100 In Italian

Cento” is how we say one hundred in Italian.

Ha ottenuto 100 e lode all’esame di matematica. (He/she scored 100 with honors on the math exam.)
Il film ha ricevuto un punteggio perfetto di 100 dalle recensioni. (The movie received a perfect score of 100 from the reviews.)
Il ristorante ha ottenuto una valutazione massima di 100 per la sua cucina. (The restaurant received a perfect rating of 100 for its cuisine.)

Well done! Now you know all the numbers to 100.

Beyond 100 in Italian: Mille, Milione, Bilione, Trilione 

Counting beyond 100 in Italian is as easy. Before you try, you need to learn these terms.

Mille is one thousand in Italian.

Milione is a million.

Bilione translates to billion.

Trilione stands for trillion. 

Let’s practice:

101 – centouno
125 – centoventicinque
1050 – mille e cinquanta
1500 – mille e cinquecento
1.4 millions – un milione e quattrocentomila
3 billions – tre bilioni
5.6 trillions – cinque trilioni e seicentomila

Italian Numbers Pronunciation

To help you better learn all the numbers from 1 to 100 and other key big ones, I am including the pronunciation in written and audio form. Read, listen, and practice!


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Italian Numbers 1-10 with pronunciation
How to say the Italian numbers 1-10


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Italian numbers 11-20 with pronunciation
How to say 11 to 20 in Italian


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Italian Numbers 21-30 with pronunciation
How to say 21 to 30 in Italian

Multiples of 10 in Italian

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Italian multiples of ten with pronunciation

Numbers Beyond 100 in Italian

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10kDieci milaDEE-chee MEEL-la
100kCento milaCHEN-to MEEL-la
1 millionUn milioneOOH-no mee-LYO-ne
100 millionCento milioniCHEN-to mee-LYO-nee
One billionUn bilioneOOH-no bee-LYO-ne
One trillionUn trilioneOOH-no tree-LYO-ne
Italian big numbers over 100 with pronunciation

Years In Italian

Now that you know all the numbers in Italian, you can say the years in Italian too.

Last year – l’anno venty ventitre (2023)

Current year – l’anno venti ventiquattro (2024)

Next year – l’anno venti venticinque (2025)

The year you were born – mille novecento ottantasei (1986)

World war 1 year – mille novecento quattordici (1914)

The year of the Italian republic – mille novecento quarantasei (1946)

100 BC – l’anno cento avanti Cristo (write it this way – 100 a.C)

300 AC – l’anno tre cento dopo Cristo (write it this way – 300 d.C or 1300)

1200 – l’anno mille duecento (write it this way – 1200 or Duecento)

1600 – l’anno mille seicento (write it this way – 1600 or Seicento)

XV century – quindicesimo secolo (write it this way – XV secolo, quindicesimo secolo, Quatrrocento, or ‘400)

XII century – diciassettesimo secolo

Italian Phone Numbers

With all your numbers knowledge you can even give your phone number in Italian. Here’s how.

How do you say your phone number in Italian?

It’s simple. Just say the numbers of your phone, one by one as we learned them above. You need to use the cardinal numbers (uno, due, etc).

Let’s pretend our number is 77 98 56 22 10, here’s how to say it if someone asks it:

Il mio numero e sette sette nove otto due due uno zero; or
Il mio numero e settantasette novantotto ventidue dieci

The first method is more common.

How To Write Italian Numbers: Special Rules

When it comes to expressing numbers in Italian, there are certain rules to follow for clarity and consistency. Here’s a breakdown of when to use letters and when to use digits:

  1. Numbers 0 to 9: Typically, numbers from 0 to 9 are written in letters. For example: uno (one), due (two), tre (three) … nove (nine).
  2. Decimals, Percentages, and Measurements: Numbers with decimal points, percentages, and measurements are usually written in digits.
  3. Large Numbers: Very large numbers are generally expressed in digits. However, in technical or scientific contexts, even moderately sized numbers may be written in digits.
  4. Context Matters: In narrative text, it’s recommended to write cardinal numbers in letters. However, for dates, technical documents, or scientific texts, it’s common to use digits, especially for longer numbers.
  5. Cardinal Numbers vs. Other Formats: Use letters for cardinal numbers in regular text, but opt for digits for dates and technical or scientific content. For instance, write “il 15 maggio 1995” for a date and “pagina 237” for a page number.
  6. Elevated and Non-Rounded Numbers: When indicating precise, non-rounded numbers, it’s more appropriate to use digits.


Italian Numbers & Quantity Vocabulary

To fully comprehend and be able to speak about numbers in Italian, there are different words you should learn. If now is not the right time, simply read them, you can memorize them later.

Addizione – Addition

Algebra – Algebra

Anno – Year

Antecedente – Antecedent

Anniversario – Anniversary

Centinaia – Hundreds

Compleanno – Birthday

Data – Date

Decina – Decade

Dispari – Odd

Divisione – Division

Equazione – Equation

Esponente – Exponent

Equivalente – Equivalent

Eta – Age

Frazione – Fraction

Formula – Formula

Geometria – Geometry

Integrale – Integral

Interesse – Interest

Maggiore – Greater

Matematica – Mathematics 

Medio – Medium

Migliaia – Thousands

Miliardo – Billion

Minore – Lesser

Opposto – Opposite

Orario – Time

Pari – Even

Periodo – Period

Percentuale – Percentage

Posizione – Position

Precedente – Previous

Posteriore – Posterior

Probabilità – Probability

Proporzione – Proportion

Punteggio – Score

Rapporto – Ratio

Sottrazione – Subtraction

Unione – Union

Variabile – Variable

Italian Lucky Numbers

Since we’ve spoken so much about Italian numbers, how to say them, and all the related words, we should also learn the spiritual or special meanings that certain numbers hold within Italian culture.

The number 17 is often considered unlucky, especially in Naples. Meanwhile, the number 3 is seen as “perfect” and “magical” due to its connection to the Trinity and its sacred nature. Additionally, the number 7 is associated with perseverance, hope, and luck, and holds significance in Christianity for its representation of completeness and perfection. 

Final Thoughts On Learning To Count in Italian

Now you can reliably count from 1 to 100 in Italian and tackle big numbers over 100. Recognize number formats, express quantities like phone numbers and years correctly. We’ve built your proficiency with Italian numbers systematically – ensuring you grasp concepts before moving forward.

Use this reference guide whenever needed – the step-by-step breakdown simplifies complex numerical content. Revisit sections to reinforce knowledge. Better yet, apply your new numerical competence in real conversations. Listen to native speakers and immerse in the language.

Keep building your confidence by practicing numbers over 100 too – work on articulating thousands, millions smoothly. Learning higher numbers will expand your proficiency even more. But for now, congratulate yourself on your dedication to mastering the fundamentals from 1-100 and beyond!

Next, consider learning the Italian Alphabet with this Complete Guide To the 21 Italian Letters & Pronunciation.

Learn Numbers 1 to 100 in Italian: FAQ

How to say 1 to 100 in Italian?

Uno, due, tre, quattro, cinque, sei, sette, otto, nove, dieci up to cento.

What is 1 2 3 4 5 in Italian? 

Uno, due, tre, quattro, cinque.

What are the numbers 30 40 in Italian?

Trenta and quaranta. 

How do you count 1 20 in Italian?

Uno, due, tre, quattro, cinque, sei, sette, otto, nove, dieci, undici, dodici, tredici, quattordici, quindici, sedici, diciassette, diciotto, diciannove, venti.

How do you say 7 in Italy?


How do you say zero in Italian?


What’s 1000 in Italian?


How do you say 16 in Italy?  


How do you say 5 in Italy?


What is number 100 in Italian?  


How to write numbers in Italian?

Use letters for numbers zero to nine in regular text. Use digits for dates, precise measurements, percentages and large numbers.   

How do you say tens in Italian?  

Dieci, venti, trenta, quaranta, cinquanta and so on.

How do you say the time in Italian?  

There are several ways to say time in Italian, such as sono le tre or le quindici e trenta.

What are the ordinal numbers in Italian called?  

Numeri ordinali. Examples are primo for first and secondo for second.

Best way to learn how to count in Italian.  

Learn numbers one by one, along with examples, till you reach one hundred. Practice regularly.  

How do to pronounce one in Italian?


How to pronounce two in Italian?


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