In English, the idiom "when it rains, it pours" is used to say that when one bad thing happens, other bad things often accompany it.

From the Merriam-Webster dictionary's online example:

The team not only lost the game but three of its best players were injured. When it rains, it pours.

Is there an equivalent idiom in Italian?

I found one source suggesting this might be equivalent:

Piove sul bagnato. (tr: "It rains on wet ground.")

  • Piove sul bagnato may also (and perhaps mainly) mean something like “Rich get richer”, who has something will get even more.
    – DaG
    Apr 25 at 14:04

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A possibility is the phrase i guai non vengono mai da soli or le disgrazie non vengono mai da sole, meaning that troubles are followed by troubles, literally troubles don't come alone.

See for instance:


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