Today, Italy celebrates its 150th birthday. La “Bella Signora” turns 150 and after having informed our readers about the official celebrations and the origins of the Italian Anthem, we thought it would be a great opportunity to learn how to wish Happy Birthday saying Tanti Auguri ITALIA!

Happy Birthday is literally translated in Italian with Buon Compleanno but you can wish the “festeggiato” (birthday girl/boy) Tanti Auguri (best wishes) or Cento di questi giorni (wishing the person to live long enough to celebrate 100 more birthdays).

It is now common practice to sing the Italian version of Happy Birthday while the “festeggiato” is blowing out the candles on the birthday cake. Here are the lyrics that, of course, we dedicate to Italy.


Tanti auguri a te
tanti auguri a te
tanti auguri ITALIA
tanti auguri a te.

We thought that the jazz version of the national anthem as interpreted by famous Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu was the best musical birthday present for Italy and all of us lovers of all things Italian.

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