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The way you say "hello" in Italian depends on the context and level of formality you want to convey. Here are a few options:

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There are different ways to say hello in Italian, depending on the situation and your level of formality:

* **Formal:**

    * **Buongiorno:** This is the most formal way to say hello and is appropriate for any time of day. It literally translates to "good morning."

* **Informal:**

    * **Ciao:** This is the most common and versatile way to say hello in Italian. It can be used at any time of day among friends, family, and even acquaintances.

    * **Salve:** This is a more polite and formal greeting than "ciao" but still less formal than "buongiorno." It can be used in various situations, like greeting someone you don't know well or in professional settings with colleagues.

Here are some additional greetings you might encounter:

* **Buona sera:** Good evening (used after sunset)

* **Buona notte:** Good night

* **Buongiorno/Ciao a tutti:** Hello everyone (plural)

Remember, when greeting someone formally, it is customary to shake hands and make eye contact.
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