Colors in Italian
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What do buying clothes, talking about art, and shopping for fruits and vegetables have in common? Color! If you want to make sure to buy red tomatoes and critique an artist’s use of green, you’ll need to know the Italian colors.

giallo   yellow
arancione   orange
rosso   red
rosa   pink
viola   purple
blu   blue
verde   green
nero   black
marrone   brown
grigio   gray
bianco   white
blu chiaro
  light blue
verde scuro   dark green

Light and dark

The qualifiers chiaro (light) and scuro (dark) can be used with any color:

  • viola chiaro, verde chiaro (light purple, light green)
  • rosso scuro, blu scuro (dark red, dark blue)


Colors are adjectives, and like other adjectives, they usually must agree with the nouns they modify in gender and number.

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Italian colors