Seeking ways to build community under restrictions that have placed a three-week ban on socializing, dining out or even leaving the house except for essentials, Italians have become creative in their efforts to greet neighbours without breaking quarantine rules.
In addition to singalongs from windows and balconies, which have now become a nightly occurrence, on Sunday night Italians were invited to switch off their lights and hold up mobile phones, torches and candles to create a twinkling 'flashmob of lights'.
Messages shared on social media called for the blackout to start at 9 pm, with the goal to make the hand-held light show visible from space.
That may have been a bit ambitious, but the effect was nonetheless beautiful.
Other spirit-lifting initiatives have included hanging signs from windows and balconies bearing the impromptu slogan of Italy's coronavirus quarantine: Andrà tutto bene, 'everything will be alright'.
There has also been synchronized rounds of applause for Italian health workers, as well as singalongs every evening at 6 pm.
All photos taken in Rome by Andreas Solaro for AFP.