“It started with the national anthem. Then came the piano chords, trumpet blasts, violin serenades and even the clanging of pots and pans—all of it spilling from people’s homes, out of windows and from balconies, and rippling across rooftops.”

“It’s not like we’re maestros,” Ms. Santachiara in Rome said, but “it’s a moment of joy in this moment of anxiety.”’

Click through to read more about this beautiful, nationwide serenade and round of applause for the doctors on the medical front lines.