Unable to visit his sick wife in the hospital, 81-year-old Stefano Bozzini decided to go outside and serenade her on his accordion.
This was reported by the Rome TV and Radio Company (CNN).
This touching moment was captured on video and has gone viral on the net ever since.
As Carla Sacchi, his 47-year-old wife, watched from a second-floor window in a hospital in Castel San Giovanni, a town in the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, a peppy troubadour sang a mixture of love songs on his accordion below.
He started with Engelbert Humperdinck's Spanish Eyes before playing his wife's select parts. In a red sweater, navy blue trousers, a feather hat and a Bozzini mask, he played with enthusiasm, while his wife and two others were all covered masks – observed from above.
Bozzini can be seen tapping his foot while playing and then waving to his wife at the end of the performance. In the background, a man can be heard speaking Italian, saying “bravo” and “how beautiful this man is serenading his wife, who is in the hospital.”
The hospital does not treat Covid-19 patients, but visitors are not allowed to enter the building due to restrictions imposed in response to the pandemic.
According to the Italian news agency ANSA, Bozzini is a retired member of the Alpini Mountain Infantry of the Italian Army, and the hat is part of the uniform.
He was nicknamed “Gianni Morandi of the Alps” in his division because he always played the accordion, reports ANSA, and the couple married in 1973.
The inspiring story went viral on social media, and Bozzini's daughter wrote on Facebook: “This is my dad … one and only.”
We will remind, the situation with the coronavirus in Italy approached a critical threshold. Patients in some hospitals receive oxygen by lying on stretchers in hallways as the country desperately lacks beds to cope with it.