“Magari” is one of the words that can be used in any part of Italy, which has a number of distinct dialects. It means “maybe” although on occasion it may be used to express yearning. Someone may ask, “Are you going on vacation this summer?” If an Italian says “magari,” it’s likely he means “I wish!”
L’acqua fa male, il vino fa cantare!
This is an old Italian saying that has been turned into a jocose phrase in parts of Rome. It roughly translates to “Water hurts, but wine makes you sing!” A friend might say this to tease a companion who chooses to drink water instead of wine at a restaurant.