In English, I have signed my letters and emails so many different ways.
Among my favorites are:
— Best – For more formal emails
— With gratitude – For emails directed to friends or colleagues
— With so much love – For close friends & family
Of course, the list could go on depending on the situation, but what can you say in Italian?
Just like in English, there are a lot of options, so I figured I would drill it down to the most common for formal & informal situations.
Let’s start with formal (because it’s better to get stuffy things out of the way first).
When you are sending an email to a stranger, a boss, or someone you want to use the formal, Lei, form with, here are 5 ways you can sign your name:
— In attesa di una Vostra cortese risposta, porgo i miei cordiali saluti – In wait of your courteous response, I give my cordial regards
(This is super formal and what I used when signing an email to the segreteria at the University of Perugia.)
— La ringrazio – I thank you
— Cari saluti – Warm regards
— Distinti saluti – Best regards
— Cordialità – Cordially (often used in offices)
When you want to sign off to a friend, you can say:
— Un abbraccio – A hug
Alternatively: Un abbraccio grosso – a big hug, tanti abbracci – a lot of hugs, abbracci – hugs
— Un bacio – A kiss
Alternatively: Un bacione – a big kiss, tanti baci – a lot of kisses, bacio – kiss, bacioni – big kisses
While this may seem romantic, between friends it’s quite normal and shouldn’t be misconstrued as a romantic advance. ;]
— Stammi bene! – Take care!
— Spero veramente di rivederti presto! – I really hope to see you again soon!
— A presto – Talk to you soon
— A più tardi – Later
— Un salute/ Un salutone – A salute /A huge salute
(This sounds weird in English, but I think the best comparison would be something like “Best”.)
When you want to sign off to someone you really love + are close to, you can say:
— Con affetto – With affection
— Con amore – With love
— Con tutto il mio cuore – With all my heart
— Ti penso sempre – I’m always thinking of you
— Mi mancherai – I’ll miss you
— Sei sempre nel mio cuore/nei miei pensieri – You’re always in my heart/in my thoughts
— Tuo/ Tua… – Yours…
What about you? What ways have you signed your letters and emails to Italian friends?