Italian slang: Fatto i' becco all'oca | Senza categoria

Italian slang: Fatto i’ becco all’oca

“Ecco fatto il becco all’oca (e le corna al Podestà) [That’s it the beak of the goose ( and horns to the Podestà ]  is a typical Florentine proverb. It was coined in medieval times in Florence to indicate the position of Mayor as tax collector duped by debtors.

It is argued that the mayor had a beautiful and charming wife to which he, to protect her (and his) honor, built a chastity belt with a key that had to be forgery-proof , but an admirer of his wife was able to re-produce the key that unlocked the belt and this apparently had the appearance of a goose beak . Once completed the  work of opening of the belt and laying with the woman, the suitor exclaimed the phrase ” That’s it the goose beak and horns to the Podestà .”

Fatto i'becco all'oca

The goose recalls a stone eagle affixed to the facade of the Palazzo del Bargello , or Palazzo del Popolo ( the sheriff was the highest authority at the time of the medieval towns of Italy).

The phrase is to be used to indicate that a work has been done cheerfully and with successful ending. And this is because the proverb is used to indicate a pleasantly accomplished or completed work.

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To-do in Florence: Salone di Firenze 2014


An extensive display of quality furnishings , enogastromy from all over Italy with a lot of tasting occasions, show cooking,  zero impact reuse laboratories and an exhibition in collaboration with Heyart , all with free admission. These will be the ingredients of the new edition of the “Salone di Firenze” at the Fortezza da Basso.

The protagonist will be interior design, thanks to the presence of more than 80 exhibitors including manufacturers and retailers, craftsmen and brands that will offer classic and new trends in the field.

cooking-show-Istituto-Galilei-FlorenceTraveling companion, the taste. Flavors from all over Italy will accompany visitors to discover typical oenogastronomic treasures of our beautiful country , with the possibility to taste the products of the farms in the North and the South, the truffles , the goodies from Calabria and typical of the South and Sardinia. And yet the paste of excellent quality, authentic Neapolitan pizza , bakery and baked goods , but also the cannoli and a lot of chocolate to match the stand dedicated to coffee. Finally , but only for adult audiences a taste of the good spirits.

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15 to 23 March 2014
time :
Mon – Thurs 3pm-9pm ;
Fri-Sat 3pm-11pm ;
Sun 10am-9pm

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