La Befana vien di notte / The Befana comes at night
Con le scarpe tutte rotte / In worn out shoes
Col vestito da romana / Dressed like a Roman
Viva viva la Befana! / Long live the Befana!
– An Italian Rhyme
For those who grew up in Rome, it may be hard to believe that this rhyme could be considered quite bizarre. For most Romans, the Befana Rhyme creates a wonderful nostalgia for childhood, and paints colorful and beautiful images of the past.