The word for crossroads in Italian is bivio (masculine, plural: bivi).
Like the English equivalent, bivio has both a literal and figurative meaning. In the literal sense, it refers to the place where two roads meet, whereas in the figurative sense, it denotes the point at which a crucial decision, which will have significant consequences, must be made.
Al prossimo bivio gira a destra.
Turn right at the next crossroads.
A few verbs that are often used with bivio in both the literal and figurative sense include:
- essere (di fronte) a un bivio = to be at / stand at a crossroads
- trovarsi a un bivio = to find oneself at a crossroads
- arrivare a un bivio = to arrive at a crossroads
Mi trovo a un bivio della mia vita e non so cosa fare.
I find myself a crossroads of my life and I don’t know what to do.
In addition to crossroads, bivio may also translate as fork in the road or junction.