The "bella Gigogin" was so successful that the Austrian military bands learned to play the song and when at Magenta they faced the French, they sang the tune as a signal to attack. The fun fact is that the French responded with the refrain "Daghela avanti un passo" and then the two armies faced each other at the sound of the same song.
The author of the words can be defined as unknown, since the song was made of a mosaic of verses of old and folk songs from various parts of Italy. The term Gigogin in Piedmont is used as a diminutive of Teresa. The song was sung in public officially on December 31, 1858 at the Teatro Carcano in Milan, during a concert given by the civic band conducted by Gustavo Rossari.