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Italian Dialects Map

Different Italian Dialects found in Italy

Within any language or language group there may be significant changes in speech, vocabulary, and pronunciation. The term used to describe these changes is called a dialect. Some words or phrases that exist in one dialect may exist or be absent from different Italian dialects.

Most Italian dialects found in Italy are considered to be romance languages and part of the Italic language within the Indo-European language family.

Italian Dialects

Siciliano Italian – Calabrian dialects on largest Island off the coast of southern Italy, Sicily.
Calabrese Italian – Italian dialect spoken on the region in southern tip of Italy.
Lucano Italian – is a Italian dialect spoken in Basilicata region in the southern region of Italy.
Salentino Italian – Italian dialect spoken on the south-eastern peninsula of the main peninsula of Italy.
Pugliese Italian – is an Italian dialect spoken in the southern region of Apulia in Italy.
Emilano-Romagnolo Italian – Italian Dialect that is spoken in the Northern Italian regions of Emilia-Romagna and Lombardy.
Campano Italian – is an Italian dialect spoken in the Campania region of southern Italy.
Molisano Italian – is a dialect that is spoken by the people of Molise in the southern region of Italy.
Toscano Italian – can be considered one of the main dialects of Italian, along with Marchegiano.
Ciociaresco Italian – the Italian dialect spoken by the people in the central region of Italy, Ciociaria.
Sardo Italian = is a dialect of Italian spoken on the large island of Sardinia off the coast of Italy.
Ladino Italian – is a dialect spoken by the Ladino people in the Northern region of Italy.
Corse Italian – also known as the Corsican dialect spoken on the French island of Corsica.
Veneto Italian – is the dialect of the Vento region in the north part of Italy and contains the city of Venice.
Laziale Italian – is a dialect of Italian spoken by the people in the central region of Italy, Lazio.
Abruzzese Italian – dialect spoken in the Abruzzo region in central Italy.
Umbro Italian – dialect of the central region of Umbria in the province of Terni in Italy.
Marchegiano Italian – can be considered one of the main dialects of Italian, along with Toscano.
Lombardo Milarnes Italian – also known as Lombardo Milano, is Italian dialect of the Lombardy region in northern Italy and contains the major Italian city of Milan.
Piemontese Italian – dialect of Italian spoken in the Piedmont region of Italy.
Ligure Italian – dialect of Italian spoken on the coastal region of north-western Italy, Liguria.
Trentinese Italian – located in southeastern Italian region of Apulia is a dialect of Southern Italian.

Different Italian dialects of the Italian language are spoken in many different nations and regions around the world, most commonly throughout Europe and Italy. However, the differences in regional dialects may not make one Italian speaker nearly incomprehensible to another. In most cases, the different dialects don’t have a specific written form of the language, but there’s usually a certain amount of literature that accompanies each Italian dialects.

Interested in further study into Italian or confused on where to start? I recommend reading our Italian Beginners Guide or check out the Importance of Languages Store!

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