How do you say I love you in Italian?

Describing love in Italian:

Italian is known as a language of love, and for good reason. So how do you express your feelings in Italian? For romantic love, you say:

Ti amo. [tee AH-moh]
I love you.

However, this would not be appropriate for family members, close friends, and other non-romantic relationships. To express platonic or non-romantic love, there is a different phrase which is difficult to translate directly, but essentially means “I love you” or “I care about you” in a non-sexual or non-romantic way.

Ti voglio bene. [tee VOH-yoh BEH-neh]
I love you.

More romantic talk:

Mi piaci.
I like you.

Ti voglio.
I want you.

And of course, when things go badly:

Ti odio.
I hate you.

Go away!

Non sei tu, sono io.
It’s not you, it’s me.

See related:
How do you say kiss in Italian?

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