Imagine you're wandering through the tangled streets of Rome searching for the Colosseum.
It's mid-Summer... the sun is beating down, and your map is a flimsy thing from the hotel that has turned to tissue in your sweaty hands. You left your sunglasses at the hotel, you've just run out of water, and you're sure you're walking in circles because that fountain looks very familiar.
It might be a good time to ask for some directions.
Here are some of the replies you might hear.
Note: These are not actual directions to the Colosseum!
Of all the travel phrases to master, this is likely one of the more important.
The answer can be any of the directions above (although hopefully not "È sotto il ponte"). If you're in a restaurant you may take some advice from a famous Italian song that says...
Seems like a good place to start looking!