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Bellezze in Bicicletta

Very few remember the 1951 movie directed by Carlo Campogalliani, but the leitmotif song is an evergreen classic, sung in the movie by Silvana Pampanini and Delia Scala, and in later years performed, among others, by the Trio Lescano, Mina (in 1983), and others.

Bellezze in Bicicletta
The music of song was composed by Giovanni d'Anzi, the lyrics by Marcello Marchesi and reflected the climate of the after-war years, when girls and women were enjoying a new freedom, and one of the instruments of this freedom was the bycicle, that allowed them an independence of movement and more comfortable clothing styles. Those were the years of the great cyclist champion Fausto Coppi (and the Giro d'Italia is mentioned in the song). The song was actually inspired by the only woman that ever took part to a Giro d'Italia, Alfonsina Morini Strada, in 1924, who had registered as "Alfonsin Strada" (read more in the article The Woman Who Rode the 1924 Giro).

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Ma dove vai bellezza in bicicletta,
così di fretta pedalando con ardor.
Le gambe snelle, tornite e belle,
m'hanno già messo la passione dentro al cuor.
But where are you going cycling beauty,
so fast pedaling with vigor.
your slender legs, shapely and fine,
already put passion into my heart.
 
Ma dove vai con i capelli al vento,
col cuor contento e col sorriso incantator.
Se tu lo vuoi, o prima o poi,
arriveremo sul traguardo dell'amor.
But where are you going with hair in the wind,
with a happy heart and enchanting smile.
If you want, sooner or later,
we'll get to love's finish line.
 
Se incontriamo una salita,
io ti sospingerò
e stringendoti alla vita,
d'amor ti parlerò.
If we encounter a hill,
I will push you
and holding you round the waist,
I will speak of love.
 
Ma dove vai bellezza in bicicletta,
non aver fretta, resta un poco sul mio cuor.
Lascia la bici, dammi i tuoi baci,
è tanto bello, tanto bello far l'amor.
But where are you going cycling beauty,
don't hurry, stay a little on my heart.
Leave the bike, give me your kisses,
it's so nice, so nice to make love.
 
Quando a primavera per le strade
passa il "Giro" gridan tutti ai corridor:
Dai, dai, dai, dai, dai, dai!
Dai, dai, dai, dai, dai, dai!
When in spring on the roads
the "Giro" goes everyone shouts to the cyclists:
Go, go, go, go, go, go!
go, go, go, go, go, go!
 
Ma se una maschietta
in bicicletta passerà
vedrai che ognuno, là per là,
la testa girerà e allegro canterà:
But if a short-haired girl
comes cycling
you'll see that each one, then and there,
his head will turn and cheerful sing:
 
Ma dove vai bellezza in bicicletta,
così di fretta pedalando con ardor.
Le gambe snelle, tornite e belle,
m'hanno già messo la passione dentro al cuor.
But where are you going cycling beauty,
so fast pedaling with vigor.
your slender legs, shapely and fine,
already put passion into my heart.
 
Ma dove vai con i capelli al vento,
col cuor contento e col sorriso incantator.
Se tu lo vuoi, o prima o poi,
arriveremo sul traguardo dell'amor.
But where are you going with hair in the wind,
with a happy heart and enchanting smile.
If you want, sooner or later,
we'll get to love's finish line.
 
Se incontriamo una salita,
io ti sospingerò
e stringendoti alla vita,
d'amor ti parlerò.
If we encounter a hill,
I will push you
and holding you round the waist,
I will speak of love.
 
Ma dove vai bellezza in bicicletta,
non aver fretta, resta un poco sul mio cuor.
Lascia la bici, dammi i tuoi baci,
è tanto bello, tanto bello far l'amor.
But where are you going cycling beauty,
don't hurry, stay a little on my heart.
Leave the bike, give me your kisses,
it's so nice, so nice to make love.
 
Ma dove vai bellezza in bicicletta,
così di fretta pedalando con ardor.
Le gambe snelle, tornite e belle,
m'hanno già messo la passione dentro al cuor.
È tanto bello far l'amor!
But where are you going cycling beauty,
so fast pedaling with vigor.
your slender legs, shapely and fine,
already put passion into my heart.
It is so nice to make love!