Some Phishheads proclaim that “Uffizi” is a pun on an Italian-accented pronunciation of the words “your feet.” The Uffizi is a museum the pair visited in Firenze, or Florence, Italy.
At a spring near the Uffizi, legend has it, is where band washed their feet. One theory is that the quoted Italian hailed from this area — in which case the meaning of the song as a whole becomes clearer.
Others believe that Fishman and Anastasio picked up a hitchhiker while in Italy, and the man kept saying “Wash uffitzi, drive me to Firenze.” meaning “Would you please drive me to Florence?”
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