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Important Italian Phrases for Travel with Kids

Updated: Dec 17, 2019

English to Italian translation of important phrases for traveling to Italy with a baby, toddler or kids.

Although many Italians have some understanding of English when it comes to important things like food allergies, sickness, and emergencies, it is important to have the proper phrases to communicate in Italian. I have also included some helpful direction questions unique to traveling with kids that other guide books may not include in their translations. Bookmark this page to keep these useful tips and phrases handy for traveling to Italy with a baby, toddler or kids.

Food and Allergies

Babies, toddlers, and kids can have irritants and allergies that are not as common in adults. When traveling with food allergies to Italy, it is important to know how to communicate this with waiters. In addition to trying to communicate the allergies verbally, I suggest having a written out card you can hand to waiters. This way if your pronunciation is off, they will still understand. I have tried to include the most common phrases in the list below.

If you do not have an allergy but wish to avoid certain food, be specific about what foods you want to avoid. Italians are not as familiar with certain lifestyle food restrictions or religious exemptions. For example, Italians may have a different idea of what vegan means than what it means to you.

Does this have ________ in it?

Ha questo _________?

I am allergic to _________

Sono Allergico _________

My son is allergic to _________

Mio figlio è allergico _________

My daughter is allergic to _________

Mia figlia è allergica _________

Example: Ha questo pesce?

Example: Mio figlio e allergico al pesce.


Milk / al latte

Cheese / al formaggio

Eggs / all’uova

Peanuts / alle arachide

Tree nuts / alle noci degli alberi

Nuts / aille noci

Citrus / agli agrumi

Strawberries / alla fregole

Kiwi / al kiwi

Raspberries / ai lamponi

Oranges / alle arance

Tomatoes / ai pomodori

Wheat / al grano

Gluten / al glutine

Soy / alla soia

Fish / al pesce

Shellfish / ai crostacei

Meat / alla carne

Beef / al manzo

Chicken / al pollo

Pig / al maiale

Rabbit / al coniglio

Lamb / all’agnello

If you or your child have a very severe allergy, here are translations for letting your waiter know and asking to speak to the chef if needed.

I have a severe allergic reaction to _________

Ho una grave reazione allergica _________

My Son has a sever allergic reaction to _________

Mio figlio ha una grave reazione allergica _________

My daughter has a severe allergic reaction to _________

Mia figlia ha una grave reazione allergica _________

May I speak to the chef?

Posso parlare con lo chef?

Can you confirm the preparation surfaces, pans, pots, and utensils for my meal haven’t been touched by _________ ?

Puoi confermare che le superfici di preparazione, pentole, e utensili per il mio pasto non sono statei toccata da _________ ?

Asking for Directions

I think the phrase I use the most when traveling to Italy with our daughter is: "Dov’è il bagno" ("Where is the bathroom"). You’ll want to commit this one to memory. Bookmark this page for quick reference to the other translations.

Where is ­­­­_________?

Dov’è _________?

Example: Dov’è il bagno?

the bathroom / il bagno

a pharmacy / una farmacia

a supermarket / un supermercato

the sunscreen / la crema solare

the bug spray / lo spray antizanzare

the milk / il latte

the baby formula / la formula per neonati

the baby food / il cibo per neonati

a children’s clothing store / è un negozio di abbigliamento per bambini

a children’s shoe store / un negozio di scarpe per bambini

a children’s toy store / un negozio di giocattoli per bambini

the park / il parco

the hospital / l’ospedale

the police station / la stazione di polizia

Where _________?

Dove ________?

Example: Dove posso comprare i pannolini?

can I buy diapers / posso comprare i pannolini

are the diapers / sono i pannolini

can I buy milk / posso comprare il latte

can I buy baby formula / posso comprare una formula per neonati

can I buy baby food / posso comprare cibo per neonati

can I buy sunscreen / posso comparare la protezione solare

can I buy bug spray / posso comprare spray antizanzare

The Pharmacy

Traveling with children often means dealing with bug bites, upset tummies, and other issues. Italian pharmacists are a great resource for help with minor issues; they have more leeway in dispensing advice and selling pharmaceuticals than in the US. You may be able to get a prescription directly from them if needed. You can find a pharmacy by asking someone (see above “Directions”) or looking for a green neon cross outside the store. Many pharmacists will have some knowledge of the English language, but here are some useful phrases you could use in Italian.

May I speak to someone who speaks English / Posso parlare con qualcuno che parla inglese?

I think I have food poisoning / Penso di avere intossicazione alimentare

I think my child has food poisoning / Penso che mio figlio abbia intossicazione alimentare

I feel sick / Mi sento male

My child is sick / Mio figlio è malato

I vomited / Ho vomitato

My child vomited / Mio figlio ha vomitato

I fainted / Sono svenuto

My child fainted / Mio figlio è svenuto

I have a urinary tract infection / Ho un’infezione del tratto urinario

My child has a urinary tract infection / Mio Figlio ha un’infezione del tratto urinario

I have an ear infection / Ho un’infezione all’orecchio

My child has an ear infection / Mio figlio ha un’infezione all’orecchio

I have an eye infection / Ho un’infezione aglie occhi

My child has an eye infection / Mio figlio ha un’infezione agli occhi

I have sprained my ankle / mi sono slogato la caviglia

My child sprained their ankle / Mio figlio si è slogato la caviglia

What are the symptoms? / Quali sono I sintomi?

The symptoms are / I sintomi sono

I have _________ / io ho _________

He has _________ / lui ha _________

She has _________ / lei ha _________

on my _________ / sul mio _________

on his _________ / sul suo _________

on her _________ / su di lei _________

in my _________ / nel mio _________

in his _________ / nel suo _________

in her _________ / nel suo _________


nausea / la nausea

stomach ache / mal di stomaco

a rash / un’eruzione cutanea

a headache / mal di testa

a ear ache / un dolore all’orecchio

pain / dolore

cramps / i crampi

stinging / pungente

burning / ho bruciore

discharge / la scrarica

itching / prurito

a cough / la tosse

runny nose / il naso che cola

a sore throat / mal di gola

a fever / la febbre

a cut / un taglio

swelling / un gonfiore

diaper rash / la dermatite da pannolino

diarrhea / la diarrea

a cold / il raffreddore

the flu / l’influenza


head / testa eye / occhio neck / collo throat / gola back / schiena arm / braccio hand / mano

finger / dito leg / gamba toe / dito del piede stomach / stomach belly / pancia lung / polmone

I have a list of suggested medicines to pack for Italy that will reduce the need of having to find a pharmacy. It can be downloaded here.

An Emergency

You never expect an emergency to happen on vacation, but when traveling with children, you always want to be prepared to communicate if there is an issue quickly. Once you have reached a hospital, most doctors and medical personnel will have some knowledge of the English language.

Help! / Aiuto!

There has been an accident / C’è stato un incidente

My child is hurt / Mio figlio è ferito

My child is choking / Mio figlio sta soffocando

My child is sick / Mio figlio è malato

My child is lost / Mio figlio si è perso

Call an ambulance / Chiamate un’ambulanza

(In Italy their emergency response number is 1-1-8)

Call 118 / Chiama centodiciotto

Call the police / Chiamate la polizia

May I speak to someone who speaks English / Posso parlare con qualcuno che parla inglese?

When traveling with children, especially in large crowds, you may want to consider applying write on Temporary child ID Tattoos. You can write your phone number on them in the event your child gets lost. I also recommend keeping your hotel business card or your rental apartments address written down with you and in your child’s pocket. Walk your child through what to do if they get lost. If old enough, you can teach them the phrase:

I am lost / Mi sono perso

Related Post:

Everything You Need to Know About Planning A Trip to Italy with a Baby or Toddler.

Download my free Ultimate Travel Planner with Kids to Italy Trip Planning Timeline, Suggested Gear List, Carry-on and Packing Checklists. This 21-page packet contains a different list for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kids, teens & adults. You will also find additional planning tips and suggested items to buy sprinkled throughout the lists. Click here.

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