The word for the violent noise something makes when it smashes against a hard surface is fracasso (masculine, plural: fracassi) in Italian. Derived from the verb fracassare, it best translates into English as to smash.
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Il vaso si è rotto con gran fracasso.
The vase broke with a loud smash.
More generally, fracasso can refer to a loud noise or racket of any kind.
I bambini stanno facendo troppo fracasso nel cortile. Lo farò presente alla prossima riunione di condominio.
The children are making too much of a racket in the courtyard. I’ll point it out at the next condominium meeting.
Figuratively this includes the public expression of protest or outrage in response to a scandal or sensational event. When used in this sense of the word, you’ll often see it accompanied by the verb fare (to do/make):
- fare fracasso = to cause an uproar
- fare gran / molto fracasso = to cause a great uproar
La notizia del suo arresto ha fatto molto fracasso.
The news of his arrest caused a great uproar.
In informal Italian, fracasso (di) is an accepted synonym for molto (a lot of / many).
C’era un fracasso di gente alla festa di Beatrice.
There were lots of people at Beatrice’s party.