When you’re traveling to a new place, it’s important to be polite! Thankfully, there are many ways to express your appreciation in the Italian language. In this list, we’re going to take a look into some of the most commonly used phrases in order to arm you with plenty of ways how to say thank you in Italian.
Make sure to read through these phrases and words carefully so that you can fully understand when to use them as well as how to pronounce them correctly. Italian is a beautiful language, but for an English speaker the Italian pronunciation isn’t always easy, so it’s a good idea to practice as much as possible, especially when planning to go on vacation or on a business trip to Italy!
So, let’s extend your vocabulary with different phrases to express your gratitude in formal and informal situations in the Italian language.
Table of Contents
- 15 Different Ways to Say Thanks in Italian
- Molto grazie / molte grazie
- Grazie tante
- Grazie infinite
- Grazie mille / mille grazie
- Grazie per la pazienza
- Grazie per le tue gentili parole
- Ti ringrazio tanto
- Grazie di cuore
- Grazie di tutto
- Grazie per il regalo
- Grazie per esser stati (con noi)
- Grazie per la vostra considerazione
- Tante grazie
- Grazie obbligatissimo
- Italian Responses to Thank You
- Conclusion – how to say thank you in Italian
15 Different Ways to Say Thanks in Italian
This is the simplest of the thank you phrases in Italian that are on this list. It’s the easiest way to express your appreciation. Respectively, “grazie” simply means “thanks” or “thank you”. It’s a quick and easy word to pronounce that many will appreciate.
Molto grazie / molte grazie
If you want to step it up a notch, you can also say “molto grazie” or “molte grazie” which both mean something akin to “thank you very much” or “thanks a lot”.
“Grazie tante” is a short phrase, meaning “thanks a lot” or “thanks a bunch.”
This is yet another way to express your thanks in a more general way, but to a larger extent. Basically, it means “thank you so much”, but one might read it more in the sense of “infinite thanks”. It’s a great phrase to use when someone has done you a very big favor and you want to let them know that you’re extremely appreciative.
Grazie mille / mille grazie
If infinite thanks as in “grazie infinite” seems a bit too much, but someone put much effort into helping you, “grazie mille” could be the right expression. It translates as “thank you a thousand times.” Sometimes it’s also used as “mille grazie,” this form is more formal and less common.
Grazie per la pazienza
This phrase is a great one to use when you’ve had to make someone wait for some reason, or otherwise want to appreciate how patient someone has been. It essentially means “thank you for your patience” or “thank you for being patient”. If you need to express that you are concerned that you have held someone up or otherwise caused them to wait, this is a great one to use.
Grazie per le tue gentili parole
If you’re looking for something that can allow you to express appreciation for a compliment of some sort, this is a great phrase to use. It means “thank you for your kind words”. This phrase is a great one to use if you’re in a situation where someone is giving a speech praising you, or is otherwise paying you many compliments that you want to show you appreciate.
Ti ringrazio tanto
Another great way to express your appreciation for just about anything is to say, “ti ringrazio tanto” which means “thank you very much” or “thank you so much”. This phrase is fantastic when you want to take a little extra time to show that you appreciate something someone has done. When you want to pay special attention to a person’s actions or words, this is a great option.
Mind here that “ti rangrazio” is the informal version you would use for friends or family.
Grazie di cuore
For those who want to express their appreciation in a sincerer way, they can use the phrase “grazie di cuore”. “Cuore” means heart in Italian, so you could translate this to the English phrase “thank you from (the bottom of) my heart”. Among many of the other phrases for thank you in Italian, this is a great one to use when wanting to keep it short. One might also use this expression in a more formal setting, or at the end of a letter you are writing to someone you want to express your gratitude to.
Grazie di tutto
When you want to say it all in one short phrase, “grazie di tutto” is another fantastic way how to say thank you in Italian. It simply means “thank you for everything”. Because of that, it’s a great phrase to use towards someone who perhaps has done multiple favors, or just some very kind things that you want to express appreciation for. It covers everything in one swoop, making it a very effective phrase.
Grazie per il regalo
This is the phrase you’ll want to use when you’re thanking someone for a gift they have given you. It means “thanks for the gift”. One can use it with a physical gift, or a metaphorical one. If you’re ever writing any thank you cards in Italian to people who have given you gifts, this is a phrase you would use often, unless of course you would prefer to thank them for the specific gift!
Grazie per esser stati (con noi)
When you want to show that you are glad someone has decided to visit with you, you can use this phrase. It is just another way how to say thank you in Italian and means “thank you for sharing/spending time (with us)”. You can also change the words at the end if someone has spent time with only you, so that you can say “thank you very much for spending time with me”. Just make sure to learn the proper words to add in to get your point across well.
Grazie per la vostra considerazione
When someone has paid you a special favor, courtesy or other consideration, then this is a great phrase to use in order to express your thanks. It means “thanks for your consideration” on the most basic of levels. This is a phrase that is best used in a formal situation or when you want to express thanks in a more serious situation, that may not be as lighthearted as other forms of thanks.
Another way to say thanks in Italian is “tante grazie,” which means “many thanks.” But you should be a bit careful with this phrase, as it is often used in an ironic way.
The literal translation is “thanks, much obliged.” Like the above it is often used as an ironic statement.
Italian Responses to Thank You
After we have established what is thank you in Italian, it is helpful to talk about the typical replies as well. After all, you will want to understand what someone says after you thanked them. Likewise you should have at least one or two typical responses ready, when you are the one who receives a thanks from another person.
Means simply “please.” While it’s correct, it’s also a bit shallow.
Basically the Italian version of “don’t worry.”
La ringrazio molto
A typical phrase to say “I thank you very much.”
Example: La ringrazio molto per le vostre gentili parole. — I thank you very much for your kind words.
Non c’è di che
“Non c’è di che” is a formal way to say “you’re welcome” in Italian.
(Ma) di niente
Sometimes shortened to “niente,” this phrase translates as “but not at all,” basically meaning there’s no need to thank me.
Similar to “di niente,” “di nulla” is the Italian equivalent of “no worries.”
Translates as “but imagine“, which sounds a bit odd. But it basically means “no problem.”
Ma dài, andiamo
Translates “but come on, my friend!” A very warm response by someone who considers you a real friend.
Gentile da parte tua
A typical response meaning “nice of you” or “kind of you.”
Molto gentile da parte
A slightly stronger variant of the above, meaning as much as “very nice of you” or “very kind of you.”
A rather formal reply, meaning “(it was my) duty.” You might hear this in a hotel or a shop, when you thank someone who did their job.
Sempre a tua disposizione
Another more formal response you can hear in a business like situation, meaning “always at your disposal.”
Conclusion – how to say thank you in Italian
Having some phrases like “thank you” handy, can be a great way to be able to express appreciation to those who speak Italian as a primary language. If you don’t have the time to take a class before making a trip to Italy or otherwise being around other people who speak Italian, some key phrases can be fantastic to have on hand so that you can get basic messages across. You will find many more in our article on common Italian phrases.
That said, it’s much better to learn some of the basics of the language before you’ll need to be able to speak some of the language. Taking a class can be a great option, or picking up a book, computer program or even smartphone application to help with learning some of the language. There are a wide number of resources out there that can help you with learning Italian. So get out there, discover the language and enjoy!