Ritrovo (masculine, plural ritrovi) is the word for meeting place, haunt, or hangout in Italian. More specifically, it refers to a place where several people meet on a regular basis to chat amicably, or to entertain themselves with a common interest.
It comes from the verbs ritrovare (to find again / to recover) and ritrovarsi (to meet again / to end up), both of which are a combination of the repetitive prefix ri- (again) and trovare (to find / meet).
Un tempo quel bar era il ritrovo preferito dei giovani.
That cafe was once the favourite haunt of youngsters.
A night-club is known as ritrovo notturno in Italian.
In addition to a place where people meet, ritrovo can also translate as meeting or get-together itself. Fare ritrovo (lit: to do a meeting) is simply another way of saying ritrovarsi.
Some possible synonyms for ritrovo include:
- adunata = gathering
- incontro = meeting
- raduno = gathering
- luogo di ritrovo = meeting place
If you want to say meeting point in Italian, you can use punto di ritrovo. It is also possible to use the borrowed French term rendez-vous in Italian, just as we do in English.