Italians have been singing from their balconies across empty streets to lift spirits and pass the time during quarantine.
Picture source: MBS news
Videos of Italian neighbours singing together have been appearing on social media after Italy’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte announced a nationwide lockdown that began this week. Virtually all daily life has been shut down, with only grocery stores, banks and pharmacies opening their doors.
A video shared on Twitter, by user @valemercurii, shows residents in the Tuscan city of Siena. It recorded a deserted street during the night, while people are singing Canto della Verbena (And While Siena Sleeps) – a popular patriotic folk song.
Similar posts have emerged from cities including Naples as well as Salerno, where people sang the country’s national anthem from their balconies.