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Even on coronavirus lockdown, music brings isolated Italians together

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As Italy is pummeled by the coronavirus, Italians are forced to stay inside, venturing out only with permission to shop and do other necessary tasks.

But that can't silence the Italian love for song and for community, as evidenced in this video of neighbors on a street in the Tuscan city of Siena singing together out their windows ... "Long live our Siena."

The effect is joyous, and heartbreaking, and is a testament to the human spirit. Especially because they're singing what is popularly called "Canto della Verbena" and officially, "E mentre Siena dorme" ("While Siena Sleeps"), a sort of Senese hymn.

Even when they compete against one another in the Palio each year, the 17 neighborhoods of Siena are united in singing this song.

Meanwhile, up in Milan, it takes more than a pandemic to quash the musical spirit of Italians. Check out this band playing Chic's "Good Times" for their neighbors, while a woman below rocks out to the disco classic ...

And in Napoli...

Meanwhile in Bologna and Sicily...

The Italian Air Force is doing their best to lift spirits.

No one can take music away from Italians. Milano always resists! I hope we can be this resilient, America.

#milanostrong #italiastrong

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