Italy has entered a strict three-day nationwide lockdown to deter Easter travel and help prevent new surges of the coronavirus.
All Italian regions were placed into the strictest "red zone" lockdown through to Monday as a precaution, as the nation battles a third wave of infections.
The lockdown means restrictions on personal movement, with limited travel and visits to relatives.
Non-essential shops are closed and restaurants and bars are only open for take-away.
And for the second year, Pope Francis will deliver his Easter message to an empty St Peter's Square in the Vatican.
Police set up road checks to ensure people were staying close to home.
Extra patrols were in force to break up large gatherings in squares and parks, which over Easter weekend are usually packed with picnic goers.
Italy, where the European outbreak began, has recorded 3.6 million COVID-19 cases and more than 110,000 deaths, the second-highest toll in Europe after the UK.
The rate of infection has dropped slightly in Italy in recent days but it is still seeing about 20,000 new cases each day.Italy has entered a strict three-day lockdown to try to prevent a surge in Covid-19 cases over Easter.
It has administered 10.8 million vaccines, with 3.3 million of the country's 60 million people having received both doses.