Hello dear hearts. I’ve been getting a lot of queries lately about how to pronounce the names of Italian cities – so, without further ado, let’s pronounce them correctly!
As explained in previous pronunciation guides, my pronunciation spelling overcompensates for the American pronunciation of the letter “e.”
Rome = Roma = ROAM-ah
Milan = Milano = meal-AH-no
Venice = Venezia = vain-AITZ-ya
Padua = Padova = PAH-dove-ah
Naples = Napoli = NAH-pole-ee
Bologna = Bologna = bowl-OWN-ya
Florence = Firenze = fear-ENZ-ay
Sicily = Sicilia = see-TCHEEL-ya
Turin = Torino = tor-EEN-oh (Olympics flashbacks)
Assisi = Assisi = ahs-SEE-see
Capri = Capri = COP-ree (Yes. Really.)
Ischia = Ischia = EESS-kya
Cinque Terre = TCHEEN-quay TAIR-ay
And, as an added bonus, other places we know and love:
Paris = Parigi = Pahr-EE-gee
London = Londra = LOANED-rah
Nice = Nizza = rhymes with pizza
Barcelona = Barcelona = Bahr-tchail-OWN-ah
United States = gli Stati Uniti = let me just say something here about “gli.” It is the WORST SOUND EVER to try to pronounce if Italian is not your native language. The closest I can come to is this: make your tongue go into position like you’re going to say “yes.” Keep it in that position, but instead say, “lee.” I know. It sucks.
Anyway. Just say, “America” and you’ll be fine.