“Assieme” and “Insieme”

As part of our series on the differences and synonyms between similar Italian words or phrases, today we’re looking at the words assieme and insieme.

Luckily for you, they are almost entirely interchangeable. Preferences between which word is used are usually down to personal or regional preferences, although you’ll probably notice that “insieme” is generally the more common option.

They mean “together”, or “with”, and are used in the following context:

Andremo via in vacanza assieme / insieme.

We’ll go on holiday together.

Stiamo insieme / assieme da tre anni.

We’ve been together three years.

Studieranno insieme / assieme.

They will study together.

Vanno insieme / assieme ai loro cugini.

They’re going with their cousins.