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Learn how to greet people in Italian, at any time of day or night.
What to say (and when)
Buonasera means good evening or even good afternoon as it is often used as early as 4pm. To wish someone a good evening upon leaving, say buona serata.
Salve can be used at any time of day: Hello.
Ciao is an informal greeting: Hi.
While the expressions buona mattina (good morning) and buon pomeriggio (good afternoon) exist, they are very rare. It’s far more common to say buongiorno or salve.