A year ago two of my dearest friends got engaged in Venice and they’re due to tie the knot in a couple of weeks after more than eleven years together. So if you are planning a romantic trip to ask your loved one to marry you here are some tips on how to go about it in Italian!
Falling in love in a foreign country or just wanting to propose in the romantic language of love can be tricky. The simplest, most straight forward way to ask someone to marry you is to say Ti amo, vuoi sposarmi, meaning I love you, will you marry me, and pronounced Tee amoh, voy spoh-sar-mee? Or you could say Ti amo, mi vuoi sposare, which is basically the same and is pronounced Tee amoh, mee voy spoh-sar-mee.
If you want to be a little bit more poetic you could aim for Ti amo, vuoi passare il resto della tua vita con me, meaning I love you, will you spend the rest of your life with me and pronounced Tee amoh, voy pass-sare eel reh-sto del-lah soo-ah vee-tah con meh?
You could also embellish your proposal with some compliments or other phrases to oil the wheels!
Instead of Ti amo, meaning I love you, you could say Ti amo più di qualsiasi cosa, meaning I love you more than anything and pronounced Tee amoh pe-oo dee qwal-see-ah-see coh-za.
Sei la donna dei miei sogni, you are the woman of my dreams, pronounced Seh lah don-nah dey mee-yay son-nyee. Or if you’re asking a man, you’d say Sei l’uomo dei miei sogni pronounced Seh loo-oh-moh dey mee-yay son-nyee
Voglio stare con te per il resto della mia vita, I want to spend the rest of my life with you, pronounced Vol-lee-oh star-eh con the perr eel reh-stoh del-lah mee-ah vee-tah.
Use any of these phrases and you will be one step closer to living happily ever after! But if you really want to push the boat out here are two final, slightly more complicated but highly romantic suggestions.
Sei la mia migliore amica e il mio unico vero amore. Ti chiedo di accettare il mio amore, il mio nome e tutto quello che sono. Fai di me l’uomo più felice del mondo diventando mia moglie.
Which means – You are my best friend and my one true love. I ask you to accept my love, my name, and everything that I am. Make me the happiest man in the world by becoming my wife.
And finally, my personal favourite, found on t’internet!
Vorrei che i tuoi occhi fossero la mia prima luce al risveglio e il profumo della tua pelle accompagnasse ogni mio passo, per sempre. Sposami amore mio!
Which roughly translates as – I wish your eyes were my first light on waking and that the perfume of your skin accompanied me with every step, forever. Marry me, my love!
With a proposal like that who could possibly refuse?! So, assuming your girlfriend or boyfriend says yes, leave me a comment to let me know where you proposed and how it went – I’m a soppy old romantic and I love a good love story!! I shall be waiting with the balloons, confetti and wedding present…..!!! “In bocca al lupo !”, as they say in Venice…good luck!
And if you’ve found this useful, you might also want to check out more of our DreamDiscoverItalia Italian 101 ideas, for example, such as How to say hello, How to ask do you speak English or How to say Happy Birthday, all of which are easy to learn! I can’t promise that we’ll make you fluent in Italian overnight, but with the help of our Italian 101 posts you can learn a little and often and hopefully have a bit of fun doing it! Grazie mille!!