In Italian many prepositions are needed to form the various prepositional phrases of place.
a: Usually the preposition of place a is used with the names of:
1. Cities (e.g. Cape Town )
2. Small islands (e.g. Sardegna)
Dopo domani vado a Milano.
I'm going to Milan the day after tomorrow.
in: Most of the time the preposition of place in is used with the names of:
1. Nations (e.g. Italy)
2. Regions (e.g. Lombardia)
3. Continents (e.g. Europe)
4. Large islands (e.g. Britain)
Roma è in Italia.
Rome is in Italy.
L'anno prossimo voglio andare in Reggio Calabria.
Next year I want to go to Reggio Calabria.
da: Normally the preposition of place da is used with:
1. People's names
2. Personal pronouns
Andiamo da Franco domani?
Shall we go to Franco's tomorrow?
per: Normally the preposition of place per is used with the verbs:
1. Partire (to leave)
2. Passare (to go through)
Quando parti per New York?
When are you leaving for New York?
Se vado a Cagliari passo per Sassari.
If I go to Cagliari I'll go through Sassari.
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