Does anyone know if the words to “Bella che dormi” in Italian are correct?

Vita wrote:

Hi, I remember a song sung to me by my mother and I just want to make sure I have the words correct and have all the verses. It’s a lullaby and she used to rock us while singing it:

Bella che dormi
sul letto di fiori
mentre dormendo
un bacio d’amor
un bacio in fretta
la povera bambina
o poverina
dove sei andata
dalla nonnina
e cosa ta datto
un bacio un bacio la povera bambina!

Beautiful girl sleeping
on a bed of flowers
while sleeping
a loving kiss
a quick kiss
the beautiful girl
o little one (literally poor one)
where did you go?
to grandmother’s
and what did she give you?
a kiss, a kiss
the little one (literally poor one)!

Does anyone know any “fingerplays” in Italian – songs with accompanying actions?

Also, my grandmother in Naples, Italy used to tell us that wearing red underpants on New Years Eve brought good luck – I don’t know if she told us this because it was funny to little kids or because it is actually a custom.

Thank you!

If anyone can help Vita with the song or if you know about the New Year’s custom of wearing red underwear on New Years Eve for good luck, please let us know about it in the comments below.


Mama Lisa

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3 Responses to “Does anyone know if the words to “Bella che dormi” in Italian are correct?”

  1. Monique Says:

    On the site, someone is looking for the lyrics to a ditty that goes
    “bella che dormi sul letto di fiori
    mentre dormiva la cara mammina,oh poverina chi dorme sarà.
    oh Maria Giulia dove sei stata fai un passo fanne un’altro etc etc etc ” so maybe you both have a part of it, or a variant.

    Wearing red underpants seems to be a tradition, just write “mutande rosse capodanno” and you’ll find quite a lot of sites that mention it. Why? it seems it’s to bring luck -or scare bad luck away.

  2. Tixianne Says:

    That’s correct and complete version! (I’m Italian and when I was a baby we sing this to school)

    O bella che dormi
    su un letto di fiori
    mentre dormendo, un bacio d’amor
    un bacio d’affetto alla cara bambina
    o poverina di dove sarà?

    O Maria Giulia
    da dove sei venuta?
    Fai un salto
    fanne un altro
    fai la riverenza
    fai la penitenza
    orsù orsù
    dai un bacio a chi vuoi tu!

  3. vanessa Says:

    Hi, I’m from Naples and Tixianne wrote the right version, but not complete for me! We used to sing (after the line “di dove sarà? “)
    “Sarà in casa sua che si mette a pettinare” :)

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