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The lyrics in the very first line of the song "Torna a Sorriento" can be "Vir'o mare quant'e bello". I'm confused by the ending of the word "Torna" and the meaning of the word "Vir'o". Can you translate and explain?

Michael, this song is written in Neapolitan dialect, in which I am certainly no expert, however I can tell you that "torna"is from Italian "tornare" or "ritornare" which means to return.
"Vir'o mare quant'e bello" is dialect for more or less "look at the sea, how beautiful it is"..

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