6 Ways to Say “Goodnight!” in Italian

Knowing how to say goodnight is an important first step when learning Italian, or any language for that matter. Here are six of the most common greetings that Italians use on a daily basis!

how to say goodnight in italian

1. Buona notte! / Buonanotte!

The first way of saying goodnight in Italian that all learners will encounter sooner or later is buona notte (also written as the single word buonanotte). This useful expression can be used in both formal and colloquial situations, though if you use it with your children or partner, it is customary to follow up with a term of endearment such as amore (love) or tesoro (treasure).

Ciao, buona notte, ci vediamo domani!

Bye, goodnight, see you tomorrow!

2. ‘Notte!

Just as the English goodnight can be abbreviated to night, so too can buona notte be shortened to just ‘notte. It is normally heard in informal situations between friends.

‘Notte ragazzi. A domani. – ‘Notte!

Night guys. See you tomorrow. = Night!

3. Dormi bene!

Dormi bene is the informal way of saying sleep well in Italian. When speaking to two or more people, this becomes dormite bene, while dorma bene is the best choice when formally addressing someone.

Dormi bene! Ti aspetta una lunga giornata domani.

Sleep well! You have a long day ahead of you tomorrow.

4. Fai una bella dormita!

Fai una bella dormita, which literally means have a good sleep, is simply an alternative way of saying dormi bene. You may also hear fatti una bella dormita which means have (yourself) a good sleep, or vai a fare / vai a farti una bella dormita meaning go have a good sleep.

When speaking to a group, this becomes fate / fatevi una bella dormita while in formal situations, you would say faccia una bella dormita.

Buona notte, fai una bella dormita!

Goodnight, have a good sleep!

To children, you can also say fai la nanna, with nanna meaning beddy-bye and is often used towards kids (although some adults may use it too).

5. Sogni d’oro!

Sogni d’oro is the Italian equivalent of the English expression sweet dreams, though the literal translation is actually golden dreams.

Bene, ora spegniamo le luci. Sogni d’oro, amore!

Ok, lights out. Sweet dreams, (my) love!

6. Riposati!

If you know that your friend or family member has had a long and tiring day, you could substitute the verb dormire (to sleep) with riposare (to rest / relax). Risposati is how you would say have a (good) rest in Italian, with its plural and formal forms being riposatevi and si riposi respectively.

Two alternative phrases that mean more or less the same thing are Buon riposo! (lit: Good rest!) and Risposati bene! (lit: Rest well!).

Vado a letto, buona notte. – Fai bene. Riposati!

I’m going to bed, goodnight. – You’re doing the right thing, have a good rest.

woman sleeping in her bed

Can you think of any other ways to say goodnight in Italian? If so, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment below! 🙂

Ethics statement: Below you will find affiliate links. If you buy something after clicking the link, we will receive a small commission. To know more about our ethics, you can visit our full disclosure page. Thank you!

Lingopie (affiliate link) is the Netflix of language learning application that uses real TV shows and movies to help you learn a new language. You can choose a show to watch based on your fluency level, and use the interactive subtitles to get instant translations to help you learn quickly.

Are you interested in improving your Italian in a fun and stress-free manner? Then we highly recommend Serena Capilli's short stories in Italian (affiliate link), designed for beginners, advanced beginners, and lower intermediate learners (A1-B1 CEFR). These stories have been optimised for English speakers in search of a fun, laid-back learning experience! Read our full review here.