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Italian Short Stories to Accelerate Your Learning

Italian short stories are a great way to boost your language skills. They come in all shapes and sizes and can help you get to know grammar, slang, lexis, idiomatic expressions, and much more. Unlike novels or other long forms of content, short stories are easy to digest.


Italians are storytellers by nature, and Italy has been the birthplace of some of the greatest writers in history (Dante Alighieri, Alessandro Manzoni, Italo Calvino etc.).


Whether you are passionate about poetry, thrillers, or mysteries, here are some great resources that can help feed your Italian language appetite. 


Italian short stories for beginners

Noi parliamo italiano
This website is a great resource if you’re a beginner. Along with short stories, this website also contains recipes, various dialogues, and fables. It’s easy to navigate and contains lots of practical examples.


Favole della buonanotte
This website has a huge collection of children fairy tales made up of easy Italian vocabulary. Drift into a good night sleep while boosting your language knowledge.


Il rifugio segreto
“The secret shelter”, which is this website’s name translated into English, offers a great collection of simplified Italian short stories on different topics. Also, audio and PDF files are available.

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Intermediate learners

Poesie e racconti.it
Poesie Racconti has a huge collection of short stories and which are categorized by genre (comedy, drama, horror, thriller etc.) This website also holds an impressive collection of poetry. 


Lingua has a good collection of short stories about everyday topics. Audio tracks, comprehension exercises, and PDF files are available too.


For the advanced learners

This website is an online magazine containing content written by both famous and independent writers.


Dieci Racconti Italiani
This website has a selection of 10 short stories written by some of the most popular Italian authors. 


Le fiabe italiane di Italo Calvino
Author Italo Calvino spent two years (1954-1956) writing this popular collection of Italian fairy tales: These stories were influenced by the different regions of Italy. The language can be archaic and a bit of unusual, making it a more appropriate read for advanced learners. 

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Create your own library of Italian Short Stories

Now that you have a list of resources that will help you learn Italian, wouldn’t it be great if you could store all that content into one platform for quick and easy access?

Well, that’s where LingQ comes in.


LingQ is the best way to learn Italian online. Not only does it contain hundreds of professionally created lessons (that include audio), but you can import your own content into LingQ too. That means, you can import your favorite Italian YouTube videos, audiobooks, podcasts, and so on to help you study.


Other benefits of LingQ include:

Easily look up new vocabulary with a single tap
Save vocabulary and review them using LingQ’s SRS
Take your lessons on the go using LingQ’s mobile app (available for iOS and Android)
and much more…


LingQ is free to try and right off the bat you’ll have tons of professionally created Italian content you can start going through. Good luck!