Even in the most desperate times, music can lift spirits – as some Italian neighbors have shown singing together in harmony from closed doors.
Residents of Siena, a city in Tuscany, leaned out of the windows and started singing songs on Thursday evening at a time captured in a video posted on Twitter.
The video, which has been enjoyed over 77,000 times and shared over 23,000 times, was made by a local who claimed to sing to “warm hearts” during the quarantine.
Italy is in the midst of a blockade after the government has implemented rigorous isolation measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, which has so far caused over 1,000 victims and infected over 15,000 people in the country.
“People from my hometown #Siena sing a popular song from their homes along an empty street to warm their hearts during the Italian #blocking # # Covid_19,” the resident said in a tweet.
The video shows a poorly lit and deserted street and presents the voices of men and women singing “Il Canto della Verbena” – a traditional patriotic folk song.
Italian Susy Unica Silvestri posted a separate video on Facebook on Thursday from her apartment in Naples, which has been shared more than 13,000 times.
Her video shows people in nearby blocks on their balconies, singing and singing cheerful messages like “go to Italy, go to Naples!” and “there is no virus that can beat us”.
Silvestri told CNN that the community planned to sing again on Friday night – and that despite the seriousness of the situation, it was in the nature of the Italians to remain optimistic.
“We are worried, but optimistic. Neapolitans also love each other with a choir from the balconies,” he said.
“Tonight we will do it again and thank the volunteer nurses and doctors who are helping us,” he added.
“There is confidence and optimism in the air … it could not be otherwise, we are Neapolitans, we are optimistic by nature.”