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Bacco, tabacco, e Venere

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Bacco, tabacco, e Venere, portan l’uomo al cenere.
Literally: Baccus, tobacco, and Venus lead man to ash.

 

Baccus (or Dionysus in Greek) is the Greek god of wine, merrymaking and intoxication, or basically of having a good time. Venus (Aphrodite in Greek) is of course the goddess of love and beauty. Tobacco needs no translation. 🙂 So this proverb is saying that too much wine, tobacco, and women will lead a man to ruin.

I really should find less sexist proverbs. 🙂

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Donna e fuoco, toccali poco

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Donna e fuoco, toccali poco.
Literally: Women and fire, touch them rarely/never

I think this proverb is hilarious–it roughly translates as “stay away from women and fire”, as presumably you are apt to get burnt by both. 😉 It’s funny just how many more Italian proverbs follow this “Donna…” construction!