Most of Italy becomes part of a 'yellow zone' this week, with bars and restaurants allowed to serve at tables until 6 p.m. and museums opening.
A curfew stays in place from 10pm-5 a.m. and no movement is permitted between regions but for most Italians there is a glimpse of a bit more freedom.
But despite being allowed to reopen, bars in the centre of Rome said functioning without tourism made life "impossible".
"In this historical moment, it is difficult to say 'we always feel positive' - you shouldn't say this! But we are always hopeful," joked bar owner Giuseppe Unico.
For Romans, though, starting the day with a coffee at the bar made life feel complete once again.