Spring Vocabulary and Expressions in Italian

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 09:50
Spring in Venice

Spring is officially here! That beautiful time of year when the flowers bloom, the birds sing and the evenings are lighter. Let’s look at how we can talk about springtime in Italian. The word for spring is ‘primavera’. Nature is all around us at this time of year, including:

Le api – bees
Gli uccelli – birds
Le farfalle - butterflies
I fiori – flowers
Gli alberi – trees
Le foglie – leaves
I boccioli – buds
I germogli - shoots
I profumi – smells

In giardino

If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, maybe you like to spend this season taking part in these activities:

Fare giardinaggio – to do some gardening
Seminare – to plant seeds
Piantare fiori – to plant flowers

Il tempo

Spring weather can be changeable, so if you’d like to talk about the weather, you’ll need vocabulary to describe both glorious sunny days as well as showers and cool weather:

È soleggiato – It’s sunny
È nuvoloso – It’s cloudy
È piovoso – It’s rainy
È ventoso – It’s windy
Fa freddo – It’s cold
Fa caldo – It’s hot
C’è un arcobaleno – There’s a rainbow
Cè un rovescio primaverile – There’s a spring shower / an April shower

Le feste

There are many festivals in Italy during this time of year, such as:

Pasqua – Easter (March or April)
La festa del papà – Father’s Day (19th March)
Il giorno della liberazione – Liberation Day (April 25th)
La festa del lavoro – Labour Day (1st May)
La festa della repubblica – Republic Day (June 2nd)

It’s a wonderful time of year to celebrate with friends and family, and take part in activities like:

Fare delle passeggiate – to go for walks
Scattare foto – to take photos
Fare una gita – to have a day trip
Fare un picnic – to have a picnic
Fare una grigliata – to have a barbecue
Fare una festa in giardino – to have a garden party
Andare in vacanza – to go on holiday
Giocare all’aria aperta – to play outside
Andare in bicicletta – to go for a bike ride

Finally, let’s look at some springtime expressions used in Italy:

Aprile, dolce dormire

This saying means that one sleeps well in April. As the weather improves, some say that it encourages people to rest more. 

Una rondine non fa primavera

In English, we say ‘one swallow does not make a summer’, whereas in Italian the saying is ‘one swallow does not make a spring’.  If you see just one swallow it doesn’t necessarily mean spring is on its way.

Wherever you are, may the joys of primavera be with you! Make sure to check out our dual-language series for more articles to help you practice reading in Italian.