If you’ve been learning Italian for a while now, you may already be familiar with the classic greeting Buonasera! which is how you say Good evening! in a formal context.

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Buonasera signore. Come sta?

Good evening sir. How are you?

If you want to explicitly wish someone a good evening however, it is necessary to use a slight variation on this expression which is Buona serata! (Have a nice evening! or Have a good evening!)

Whereasbuonaseramay be used to greet someone or say goodbye,buona seratais only used when parting ways with another person.

Ci sentiamo domani. Buona serata!

We’ll talk tomorrow. Have a nice evening!

Buona serata! Ci vediamo domani! Have a nice evening! See you tomorrow!

A common response to this is Buona serata anche a te! (lit: A nice evening to you too!) or more simply, Anche a te! (You too!)

Buona serata, Giulio! – Anche a te!

Have a nice evening, Giulio! – You too!

To add additional emphasis, you can place the clauseLe / Vi auguro…(I wish you) in front to create the following phrases.

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(Io) ti auguro una buona serata!(I wish you a nice evening!– informal)(Io) Le auguro una buona serata!(I wish you a nice evening!– formal)(Io) vi auguro una buona serata!(I wish you a nice evening!– plural)

You may also hear the phraseTi / Le / Vi auguro di passare una buona serata!which literally meansI hope that you spend a good evening!

Earlier in the day, it is more common to hear Buona giornata! (Have a good day!)

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