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Italian Proverbs: Proverbi Italiani
Italian sayings, proverbs, adages, mottos, epigrams, and aphorisms


Paese che vai, usanza che trovi.
English translation: The country you visit, the customs you find.
Idiomatic meaning: When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

Pane al pane, vino al vino.
English translation: To call bread bread and wine wine.
Idiomatic meaning: To call a spade a spade.

Patti chiari, amicizia lunga.
English translation: Clear agreements make for good friends.

Più che le parole persuadano gli esempi.
English translation: Actions speak louder than words.

Poeta si nasce, oratore si diventa.
English translation: Poets are born, but orators are made.
Idiomatic meaning: Some things can be improved by training, others require innate talent.

Prendere due piccioni con una fava.
English translation: Kill two birds with one stone.

Presto maturo, presto marcio.
English translation: Early ripen, early rotten.
Idiomatic meaning: Precocious children lead to trouble later on.

Introduction to Italian Proverbs

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