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How To Say Happy Valentine’s Day in Italian (+Romantic Quotes)

Will you be in Italy for Valentine’s Day with your amore?  If so, check out our article on how we celebrate Valentine’s Day in Italy!

Are you planning a romantic February 14th aperitivo and dinner at home and want to surprise your love with a few Italian phrases?

Planning on calling your long-distance-love in Italy on Valentine’s Day?

No matter what, you’ll want to know how to say ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ in Italian! After all, Italian is considered the language of love.

How To Say Happy Valentine’s Day In Italian

Birdseye view of box of chocolates, bunch of roses, and bottle of wine and glass on a wooden table.  One of the chocolates says ti amo and on the top of the wine bottle, 'buon san valentino' is written.

Valentine’s Day in Italy is La Festa di San Valentino (Saint Valentine’s Day).

To wish someone a Happy Valentine’s Day, you can tell them Buon San Valentino (Happy Valentine’s Day)!

You may also hear Italians calling Valentine’s Day, La Festa degli Innamorati (The Lovers’ Holiday).

So, you can also wish someone a Happy Valentine’s Day by saying Buona Festa degli Innamorati (Happy Lovers’ Holiday)!

Of these two, Buon San Valentino is by far the most used expression.

When To Say Happy Valentine’s Day To Someone In Italian

Valentine's Day candy display in a supermarket in Florence, Italy.  In the background you can see wine on shelves.
A Valentine’s Day display in a Florence supermarket

You can say Buon San Valentino to your amore or partner any time of day.

Good To Know: Valentine’s Day in Italy is only celebrated by couples.  Children don’t exchange Valentine’s Day cards in class or have parties.  Friends don’t celebrate the holiday together and there is no ‘Galentine’s Day.’

Because Valentine’s Day in Italy is only for couples, you won’t hear a lot of Buon San Valentino greetings on the street like you do for other holidays in Italy.

Of course, these ‘rules’ can be broken! I grew up celebrating Valentine’s Day, so our family members (including our children) exchange Valentine’s Day cards and small gifts or boxes of chocolates on Valentine’s Day.   

How To Reply To Someone Wishing You Happy Valentine’s Day

If someone wishes you a Buon San Valentino, you can reply in a few different ways:

Grazie!

Grazie, anche a te!

Grazie, Buon San Valentino a te!

How To Say I Love You In Italian

Birdseye view of heart-shaped pizza on wooden table.  There are also tomatoes, a bunch of parsley, knife and fork, and garlic on the table.

Depending on your relationship status, you may also want to know how to say ‘I love you’ in Italian.

In English, we use the words ‘I love you’ to express our love to our partners, lovers, parents, children, friends, and more.

In Italian, we have two main ways to say I love you, depending on who we’re saying it to:

Ti amo means ‘I love you.’ Use ti amo to say ‘I love you’ to your lover, partner, spouse, etc.

You can also add tanto (so much) or molto (a lot) to the end:

  • Ti amo tanto.
  • Ti amo molto.

Or, to really emphasize how much you love the person, you can add tantissimo or moltissimo:

  • Ti amo tantissimo!
  • Ti amo moltissimo!

Ti voglio bene is another way to say ‘I love you.’ Use ti voglio bene for friends, your children, your parents, etc. We do not say ti voglio bene to our partners and lovers – we use ti amo.

Valentine’s Day Italian Vocabulary & Phrases

NamePronunciationMeaning
amore love
amore mio my love
tesoro mio my treasure (dear)
ti amerò per sempre I’ll always love you
sei la mia vita you’re my life
mi togli il fiato you take my breath away
stare con te è un sogno che sia vera being with you is a dream come true
sei l’uomo dei miei sogni you’re the man of my dreams
sei la donna dei miei sogni you’re the woman of my dreams
sei la luce dei miei occhi you’re the light of my eyes
il mio cuore batte solo per te my heart beats only for you
non posso vivere senza te I can’t live without you

How To Say Happy Valentine’s Day In Italian & Other Languages Used In Italy

  • Italian – Buon San Valentino!
  • German – Alles Liebe zum Valentinstag! (Dolomites)
  • French – Joyeuse Saint-Valentin (Val d’Aosta)

Romantic Valentine’s Day Quotes In Italian

Quote in ITALIAN:  Sei la cosa più bella che mi sia mai capitata.  The background is pink and there are graphic hearts and books around the borders.

ITALIAN: Sei la cosa più bella che mi sia mai capitata.
ENGLISH: You’re the best thing that’s ever happened to me.

Quote in ITALIAN:  L'amore vince ogni cosa. -Virgilio. The background is red and there is a pink section on the bottom with hand-drawn red hearts.

ITALIAN: L’amore vince ogni cosa. -Virgilio
ENGLISH: Love always wins. -Virgil

Quote in ITALIAN:  Se so cos'è l'amore, è grazie a te. -Herman Hesse.  The background is maroon with two large dark pink flower and their leaves.

ITALIAN: Se so cos’è l’amore, è grazie a te. -Herman Hesse
ENGLISH: If I know what love is, it is because of you. –Herman Hesse

Quote in ITALIAN:  Vorrei darti tutto quello che non hai mai avuto, e neppure così sapresti quanto è meraviglioso amarti. -Frida Kahlo.  The background is white linen with pressed flowers taped down.

ITALIAN: Vorrei darti tutto quello che non hai mai avuto, e neppure così sapresti quanto è meraviglioso amarti. -Frida Kahlo
ENGLISH: I would like to give you all that you never had, but not even then would you know how beautiful it is to love you. -Frida Kahlo

Quote in ITALIAN:  Amare è sapere dire ti amo senza parlare. -Victor Hugo.  The background is light pink with graphic hearts of different shades of pink filling up the space above the quote.

ITALIAN: Amare è sapere dire ti amo senza parlare. -Victor Hugo
ENGLISH: Love is to know how to say I love you without speaking. -Victor Hugo

I hope you feel ready to wish your amore a Happy Valentine’s Day in Italian! I’ll leave you with a romantic scene from the film, Romeo & Juliet, with a young Leonardo di Caprio and Claire Danes. Buon San Valentino!

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