The 24-hour clock

The 24-hour clock is used more often in Italy than in the UK, for opening times (museums, bars), business hours (offices, shops) and for public transport timetables.

With the numbers you've just learnt, you'll be able to understand when someone gives you a time using the 24-hour clock and use it yourself. All you have to do is add le (short for le ore, the hours) before the hour (or l', short for l'ora, before una) and use e between the hours and minutes. For example:

01:00 L'una

10:00 le dieci

08:15 le otto e quindici

16:45 le sedici e quarantacinque

21:30 le ventuno e trenta

Qualè l'orario di apertura del museo? To find out about Museo opening time

E' aperto dalle nove alle venti, dal lunedì al venerdì. It is open from 9:00 to 20:00, from Monday to Friday

Chiuso il lunedì. Closed on Mondays


Created by Andrea Poidomani