Want to explore museums in your free time in Florence? Come visit Tuscany with The Iceberg Project team during our next Not Your Typical Tourist Language Immersion Retreat. Get all the details here.
One of the top three things people think of when coming to visit Italy (besides food obviously) is art. From Rome to Venice, some of the top museums in the world are located in this tiny, beloved, boot.
My personal, absolute favorite, museum is the Vatican museum in Rome. To me, it’s impossible to beat the wide collection and the glorious Raffaello rooms and Sistine Chapel.
If you’ve been thinking of visiting one of these meccas for art, it is always a good idea to brush up on some Italian vocabulary for the occasion. Below you’ll find some must know words and phrases to ensure you get the most out of your museum experience.
General vocab worth memorizing
— Il museo – The museum
— La galleria – The gallery (can be for contemporary art or older art)
— Il Rinascimento – The Renaissance
— L’epoca/età medievale or Il medioevo – The medieval time
— Prenotato / La prenotazione – Reserved / the reservation
Hint: Because museums are POPULAR it’s a good idea to buy your ticket online, for a set time, before arriving. You’ll avoid a long queue and can pack more into your vacation!
— La biglietteria – Ticket office
— Il biglietto – The ticket
— Le audioguide – Headsets/audioguides you can buy at the museum that explain the artwork you will see
— Gratis or Gratuito – Free
— La coda / La fila – The line
— L’opera – The artwork
— Il capolavoro – The masterpiece
— Il quadro – The painting
— La scultura – The sculpture
— Santa Maria – Virgin Mary (you’ll see her a lot in Italy)
— I Santi – The saints (you’ll see them a lot too)
— La cornice – The frame (oftentimes a work of art in itself)
— I colori – The colors
— Il dipinto – The paint
— Il disegno – The drawing
Some fun phrases for your visit:
— Vorrei due biglietti per il museo, per favore. – I would like two tickets to the museum please.
— Ho già fatto una prenotazione. – I already made a reservation.
— Dove posso trovare la fine della fila? – Where is the end of the line?
— Vado al museo. – I am going to the museum.
— Che museo preferisci? – Which museum do you prefer?
— Quanto tempo ci vuole per visitare questo museo? – How much time does it take to see this museum?
— Mi piace la cornice di questo quadro. – I like the frame of this painting.
— Dentro questo museo ci sono dei disegni o delle sculture di Michelangelo? – In this museum there are some drawings or some sculptures by Michelangelo?
Have you ever been to a museum in Italy? Did you find ways to use your Italian or did you do everything in English?