Floating musicians beat virus blues in Italy

Italy’s floating musicians

serenaded fans from fishing boats

Location: Lake Trasimeno

The audience listened from the shore

to maintain social distancing

(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) MAYOR OF CASTIGLIONE DEL LAGO, MATTEO BURICO, SAYING:

"Today we have done something nice in Castiglione del Lago, we have used fishermen's boats and music, the blues. Let's tell the truth - we felt like we were on the Mississippi Delta. People really respected the social distancing rules, there were no gatherings, there was a lot of respect for what has really been an emergency. We will get through it with a lot of caution and awareness."

The performance was a taster

for the annual Trasimeno Blues festival

which will be held in August

on a reduced scale

(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) TOURIST FROM TUSCANY, ALICE ORLANDI, SAYING:

"It was absolutely beautiful, a fantastic show. We needed this after being cooped up at home for so long and we feared there would be no more concerts. This was a real innovation, something to do in the future, performances on the lake. Like this, we can stay far away but close together."