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5 Italian Phrases…

Here are my favourite Italian phrases that relate to five very important topics! Read more...

#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 comments on “5 Italian Phrases…

  1. All great phrases. I like the friend one best!! So true.

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  2. fkasara

    “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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  3. All very true, but I particularly like the one about travel. I will never understand people who say they’re not interested in travelling.

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  4. Ha, I really liked the last one!

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  5. I love these quotes! They’re so pretty in Italian 🙂 The one about friendship is my favorite ❤

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  6. 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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  7. Great little anecdotes. So many ordinary pieces of wisdom sound so much better in Italian.

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  8. That donut quote is going to be my go to one about life from now on!

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  9. Fabulous. I love the doughnuts quote. 🌼

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  10. Ii amo tutti. Wonderful phrases Lorelle, all of them. This reminded me so much of my up-bringing. Gracie ❤️

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  11. Lorelle, really enjoyed how you decided to split up your five phrases into these five integral areas. My fav is the lovey-dovey one of course but thank you for sharing the others. Your first photo made me so hungry, I can’t wait to get home now ahah. Jasmine.

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  12. These are lovely. I think the doughnut one is my favourite though! I haven’t heard this before and it’s adorable!

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  13. Great quotes. They all do sound better in Italian, but just about everything does. My favourite is the ciambelle -it can be applied to everything in life! Ciao, Cristina

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  14. The perfect post to read as I am about to enter Mediterranean Wholesalers….

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  15. I love this one: ““La vita è un viaggio. Chi viaggia vive due volte””. I had never heard it, but it’s so beautiful and fitting. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. 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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  17. never heard the travel and the doughnut quote before, great quotes!

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  18. Oh we love this list! These are all such lovely sayings, we especially like the last one! ❤ Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    Lucy and Kelly xx

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  19. These phrases are fantastic! I love that you did a bunch of different topics. I really enjoyed the ciambella quote!

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  20. These were wonderful expressions Lorelle! I love that you had one for each important theme in life. Now I’m craving doughnuts, lol!

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  21. Italian is such a beautiful language!

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  22. Everything sounds beautiful in Italian!

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