An 81-year-old Italian man, Stefano Bozzini decided to take to the street to play his accordion for his wife to watch from the hospital window as the coronavirus restrictions prevented him from visiting her.
The touching moment was captured on film and has since gone viral.
While Carla Sacchi, his wife of 47 years, watched from a second-floor window of the hospital in Castel San Giovanni, a town in Italy’s northern Emilia-Romagna region, the sprightly troubadour played a medley of love songs on his accordion below.
Wearing a red sweater, navy pants, a feathered hat and a mask, Bozzini played enthusiastically, while his wife and two others in face coverings watched from above.
A man can be heard speaking Italian in the background, saying “bravo” and “how beautiful, this man is serenading his wife who is in the hospital.”
In Italy, an 81-year old man couldn't visit his wife in the hospital.
So he went outside and serenaded her through her window — to show her how much he loved her.
His name is Stefano Bozzini.
(🎥FB/Valerio Marangon) pic.twitter.com/sN4nIU8gfy
— Goodable (@Goodable) November 11, 2020
The hospital does not treat patients with Covid-19, but visitors are not allowed to enter the building because of restrictions imposed in response to the pandemic.
According to the Italian news agency ANSA, Bozzini is a retired member of the Italian army’s Alpini mountain infantry, and the hat is part of the uniform.
His unit nicknamed him “Gianni Morandi of the Alpines” as he was always playing the accordion, ANSA reported, and the couple were married in 1973.