Where in Italian guide to Dove

Italian Dove (Where) Lesson With Practice Phrases & Exercises



Whether you’re planning a trip to Italy or want to learn a beautiful new language, knowing how to ask “where is…” in Italian is crucial.

In this guide, we’ll cover the basics of saying “where” in Italian, and answer any questions you may want to know about the question dove. I’ll also give you the grammar, phrases, and vocabulary to help you learn this vital skill for conversational Italian.

From asking where the bathroom is to finding out someone’s origin or nationality, you’ll learn different ways and contexts to ask “dove?” (where) correctly. So let’s get started with this fundamental building block for learning a new language!

Where in Italian Overview

Where in Italian is a question word, just as in English and other languages. The other question words in Italian are chi (who), come (how), quando (where), and perché (why). 

Where in Italian Translation

Where in Italian translates to dove and is used similar to how you would use where in English.


Where are you? – Dove sei?

Where are you going? – Dove stai andando?

Where is Mum? – Dove è la mamma? 

Dove Pronunciation

If you want to get the pronunciation right, listen to me say the examples above, and repeat along.

where in Italian pronunciation

Where in Italian question and answer

Where in Italian Uses

1. To ask a question

In Italian, dove is used when asking for direction, or to find someone or something. These usually involve a question.


2. To introduce a conditional clause

Other times, dove is used to mean in case, if, in replacement to words like laddove, nel caso, and se.


Dove io tardassi, cena pure senza di me. – In case I come late, you can have dinner without me.

I can say the same by replacing dove with laddove, nel caso, or se. Let’s see how.

Nel caso tardassi, cena pure senza di me.

Se ritardo, cena pure senza di me.

The meaning is the same, but we are using a different verb tense. Tardassi is imperfetto of the subjunctive mode or congiuntivo of tardare, while ritardo is the present of ritardare. Both verbs mean to be late.

3. To act as a noun

Dove can also be used as a noun, to refer to place.


Dimmi dove e quando. – Tell me where and when.

dove in italian example

Lì in Italian & Common Answers to Dove

Now that you know how to say, pronounce, and use dove, you should learn how to answer questions using it.

Let’s start by answering the questions in the examples above.

  1. Dove sei?
    Sono qua, non mi vedi? – I am here, can’t you see me?

  1. Dove stai andando?
    Sto andando nella mia stanza a studiare. – I am going to my room to study.

  1. Dov’è la mamma?
    La mamma e . Se ti giri a destra la vedi. – Mum is there. If you turn on your right, you can see her.

  1. Dove si trova il Parco Nazionale del Pollino?
    Il Parco Nazionale del Pollino si trova in Basilicata. Or
    Il Parco Nazionale del Pollino si trova nella regione Basilicata.

The Pollino National Park is found in Basilicata/in the region Basilicata.

  1. Dove è il bimbo?
    Non ti preoccupare, è andato in bagno con la nonna. – Don’t worry, he went to the bathroom with grandma.

  1. Dove hai messo quel libro?
    L’ho dimenticato in macchina, scusami. – I forgot it in the car, sorry.

In the above examples, you can see I bolded these words: qua, nella, là and in. Qua and là are adverbs while in and nella are prepositions. They all indicate direction or position. Other words that do the same are nel, nello, laggiù and lassù. The prepositions allo, alla, and al can also be used.

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Dove Italian Grammar Rules

How do you understand the function of dove in a sentence?

Dove is an adverb – “Avverbio interrogativo o esclamativo” – when it means in quale luogo (in which place).

Ex: Il bar dove vado a fare colazione la mattina ha chiuso. -The bar where I go to have breakfast in the morning has closed.

Dove is a conjunction – “congiunzione”- when it means nel luogo in cui (in the place, in which).

Ex: Qui è dove ci piace venire a prendere la pizza. – This is where we like to come have a pizza.

Dove takes the function of a noun – “nome comune” – when it means il luogo (the place).

Ex: Fammi sapere il dove e quando. – Let me know where and when.

How to know when to use dove in Italian?

The easiest thing for beginners is to only use it in these 3 cases:

  1. To translate where questions from English
  2. When where in English can be replaced by “the place”
  3. When where in English can be replaced by “in which”

Let’s see an example for each.

  1. Where do you live? – Dove abiti?
  2. Where I go to school is a not very nice neighborhood. – Dove vado a scuola non è un bel quartiere.
  3. Il parcheggio dove ho lasciato la macchina è molto tecnologico. – The parking where I left the car is super technologic. 

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Where In Italian: Questions To Memorize

Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced speaker, it’s very important to learn to ask questions in Italian with dove. You will find them handy whether you come to Italy and have to ask for directions, or move in with an Italian and start speaking the language, or simply to understand what Italians are saying in reality or on TV.

Here’s a list of questions with dove to learn or brush off.

Where are you in Italian

Dove sei?

Where are you from in Italian 

Di dove sei?

Where is the bathroom in Italian 

Dove è il bagno?

Where are we in Italian

Dove siamo?

Where are they in Italian

Dove sono?

Where do you live in Italian Formal

Dove abita?

Where do you live in Italian Casual

Dove abiti?

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Where in Italy is Cinque Terre

Dove si trova Cinque Terre in Italia? / In quale parte dell’Italia si trova Cinque Terre?

Where in Italy is Cremona

Dove si trova Cremona (in Italia)?

Where in italy is Chianti

Dove si trova Chianti in Italia?

Where is dad in Italian

Dove è papà? 

Where are you going in Italian

Dove stai andando?

Where are you today in Italian

Dove sei oggi?

10 Dove Italian Expressions

Reading these Italian idioms and proverbs will help you better appreciate the importance of this little word “dove” in the Italian language. You don’t need to memorize them, but if you like their meaning feel free to learn one or two and share them with a friend.

  1. Dove non vi è educazione, non vi è onore.
    Where there is no education, there is no honor.
  1. Dove regna il vino, non regna il silenzio.
    Where wine reigns, silence does not.
  1. L’Italia è il paese dove corre latte e miele.
    Italy is the country where milk and honey flow.
  1. La lingua batte dove il dente duole.
    The tongue strikes where the tooth hurts.
  1. Dove c’è la pace ci è Dio.
    Where there is peace, there is God.
  1. Dove entra (o non entra) il sole non entra (o entra) il medico.
    Where the sun (does not) enter(s), the doctor (does not) enter(s).
  1. Dove regna amore, non si conosce errore.
    Where love reigns, error is unknown.
  1. Dove son donne e gatti, son più parole che fatti.
    Where there are women and cats, there are more words than deeds.
  1. Si sa dove si nasce, non si sa dove si muore.
    One knows where one is born, one does not know where one dies.
  1. Non metter bocca dove non ti tocca.
    Don’t put your nose where it doesn’t concern you.

how to say where are in italian

Don’t Confuse Dove with Dov’è 

These words might seem the same, especially when you hear them or see them for the first time, but they are not.

If you pay closer attention, you can see they are written and pronounced differently.

The second has an accent at the end while the first doesn’t.

Dove is where while dov’è means where is.

Dove vs Laddove

These two words can sometimes be used interchangeably but most times they mean different things. 

Dove is where and laddove is a synonym for qualora, which means if, in case.

Laddove necessario, agire con prontezza. (Where necessary, act promptly.)
Laddove possibile, evitare conflitti. (Where possible, avoid conflicts.)
Laddove richiesto, fornire documentazione. (Where required, provide documentation.)

In the examples above, you can replace laddove with dove, ove, se, qualora.

However, you can’t replace dove with laddove when you are using it to ask a question about direction or to find something or someone.

Dove Synonyms & Vocabulary

There are other words in Italian which mean the same as dove, and can be used interchangeably most of the time. When you are confident with your knowledge of dove, I suggest you learn these to expand your Italian vocabulary. These include:


In cui, nel cui (wherein)

Nel luogo (in place)

Dovunque (wherever)

In che luogo (whither / to which place / in which place)


Ove il vento porta il profumo dei fiori, là desidero essere. – Wherever the wind carries the scent of flowers, there I desire to be.

La stanza in cui ho studiato è ora diventata la mia biblioteca. – The room wherein I studied has now become my library.

Rimani nel luogo che ami, e sentirai la tua anima ringiovanire. – Stay in the place you love, and you will feel your soul rejuvenate.

Porterò con me il tuo amore dovunque io vada. – I will carry your love with me wherever I go.

Sto cercando il luogo in cui possa rifugiarmi dalla tempesta. – I am seeking the place whither I can take refuge from the storm.

Final Thoughts On Where In Italian

As you can see, knowing how to properly ask “where” in Italian can open up conversations and help you learn. We’ve covered the basics of the grammar, sentence structure, pronunciation, and also practice phrases.

Now you have the tools to ask about location in Italian, whether asking a local for directions or getting to know someone new. Don’t let laddove and other meanings daunt you – with practice, saying “dove?” will become second nature.

If you are ready to learn more, explore these other Language Articles:

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  3. Italian Verb Avere

Frequently Asked Questions About Dove in Italian

How do you ask “where is” in Italian?

To ask “where is” in Italian, you use the word “dove” followed by “è” (is). For example: “Dove è il bagno?” (Where is the bathroom?).

How do you ask and answer dove questions?

To ask a dove question, start with “Dove” followed by the verb, like “Dove sei?” (Where are you?). To answer, provide the location or directions. Es: “Sono qui” (I’m here) or describe where something is located.

Does dove differ in the formal and informal Italian?

No, dove is the same in formal (Lei form) and informal (tu form) Italian. The verb changes based on who you’re speaking to.

Any tips on how to remember what dove means?

Try to memorize all the question words in Italian and what they mean in English, and when you use that word in English think about how you say it in Italian. That way you’ll practice easily and learn it quickly.

How do you ask about the location in Italian?

Use “dove” + verb, or start with location words like “Dov’è…” (Where is) to ask where is a place, or city, located or about something you are looking for.

Is dove the same for masculine and feminine?

Yes, dove is an invariable word that doesn’t change based on gender.

How to ask in Italian if you want to know where you’re located?

“Dove mi trovo?” or the informal “Dove sono?” both mean “Where am I?”

How do you say where is in Italy?

 “Dove si trova in Italia?”

How do you ask for directions in Italian?

“Mi può indicare la strada per…” (Can you show me the way to…)

How to say where are you in Italian?

“Dove sei?”

How to say where is the in Italian?

“Dov’è il/la…”

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