Amore, Affetto, Attrazione: How to Express Love in Italian

Thu, 02/10/2022 - 03:44
Older couple in Venice
A couple in Venice / Photo: Alena Sekerakova via Shutterstock

Italian is considered by many to be the world’s most romantic language. Famous poets and writers have no doubt contributed to this reputation.

But the language's lovey-dovey status isn't limited to literary expressions of love. Think of Italian music, from the opera to more recent Italian standards. When speaking about amore (love) in Italian opera, perhaps Mimì and Rodolfo's mutual professions in Puccini’s La Bohème stand out. And when thinking of popular Italian songs,

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