Coronavirus: Deserted Italian Street Rings Out With Song As People Lean Out Of Windows To Sing Together During Lockdown
Published in Mar 2020 / Updated in Aug 2021
‘We’ll come through this!”
Homebound residents across Italy lean on windows to sing together to stave off coronavirus lockdown blues.
The coronavirus is currently spreading quickly, and one street in Italy have come together amid despair to share something beautiful.
A video of people singing out of their windows on a neighborhood street in Siena, Tuscany, has gone viral on social media, with many calling it a “beautiful” act of humanity.
The video has been widely shared online, and it offers a timely reminder of the importance of community spirit and solidarity during such periods of crisis.
The Twitter user who shared the video wrote:
“People of my hometown Siena sing a popular song from their houses along an empty street to warm their hearts during the Italian Covid-19 lockdown.”
English composer and former broadcaster, Howard Goodall, also shared the video, saying:
“As evening falls in locked-down Siena, citizens confined to their homes are singing together as if they are on the street. What a moving testament to the instinctively musical & open-hearted people of Italy.”
While Siena Sleeps
The song, entitled Canto Della Verbena (And While Siena Sleeps), is a beloved local folk song traditionally sung as a means of expressing pride in the beautiful Tuscan city.
It focuses on the Piazza del Campo, the city’s main square. It is traditionally sung by members of a Contrada, districts set up in the Middle Ages to supply troops.
Thousands of internet users were left deeply touched by the heartwarming footage, which perfectly illustrates the enduring resilience and pride of the Italian people during these toughest times.
One Twitter user said:
“People breaking out in song, lifting each other’s spirits during this tragedy, is an act of striking beauty.”
“It’s a reminder that, especially during a tragedy, the human spirit keeps us all going in hope. We shine our best in the darkness. Thank you, Siena. You made my day.”
“Reminiscent of the chants from Wuhan high-rise apartments early in the epidemic there. Stay strong, Italy. Praying for you guys.”
After mainland China, Italy has been the country most severely impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. Italy has confirmed cases in 20 regions and more than 15,000 infections. The death toll has soared to more than 1,000.
The current lockdown has left around 16 million people effectively quarantined. Almost all shops, aside from supermarkets, pharmacies, are closed.
People have been forbidden to gather in public, and all sporting events have been suspended in Italy. Schools and universities are staying shut.