Italian verbs: VIAGGIARE – TOP 10 MISTAKES IN ITALIAN #4


Italian verbs: VIAGGIARE – TOP 10 MISTAKES IN ITALIAN

TOP 10 Italian Mistakes – #4 – VIAGGIARE

Video 4 of TOP 10 ITALIAN MISTAKES
Today we look at the verb VIAGGIARE, which means TO TRAVEL.

Sounds simple enough. So why it is a problem?

Because it works a bit differently from its English counterpart.

In English, you can use the verb TO TRAVEL with a destination:
I’M TRAVELING TO ITALY
I’M TRAVELING TO FLORENCE

but in Italian… you just can’t!

VIAGGIARE does not work with a destination!

The Italian Verb VIAGGIARE describes the “activity of travel”, the “pleasure of traveling”.

So you can say things like:
MI PIACE VIAGGIARE (I like to travel)

NON POSSO VIAGGIARE PER TRE MESI
(I cannot travel for three months)

The sentences below, when produced by an English speaker, are usually wrong.

You cannot say:

VIAGGIO IN ITALIA
VIAGGIO A FIRENZE

to mean that you going to those places.

VIAGGIO IN ITALIA is grammatically correct in Italian, but it means “to travel throughout Italy”, not TO Italy! A better way of saying that would be: VIAGGIO PER L’ITALIA (again, meaning “I travel throughout Italy”).

So how do I say “to travel to Italy” in Italian?

Well, you will need a verb of movement, like ANDARE for example.
SO something like:
VADO IN ITALIA L’ANNO PROSSIMO
(I’m going to Italy next year)

or
VADO IN VACANZA IN ITALIA L’ANNO PROSSIMO
I’m going to Italy for a holiday next year /
I’m vacationing in Italy next year

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11 comments

  1. The point you made never occurred to me! I would have totally made that mistake without realizing! I’m so glad I decided to watch this video although “viaggare” seemed to be easy. Here’s where confidence comes in 🙂 No matter how easy the topic may seem to be, I always have trust in your ability and knowledge to shed some light onto new aspects, unforeseen possible mistakes, and I always learn a new thing! Thanks, Manu! Bless 🙂

  2. grazie per questa lezione. so if you want to say that you are traveling somewhere, would you use andare instead? ie I am traveling to Italy – vado in Italia???

  3. Wow…. Non lo sapeva…. Mille grazie… Allora come si dice, “I’m traveling to Italy?” Vado in Italia? Just guessing… Mi piace la alta qualitá dei tuoi videii.

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