Bova, who is already an ambassador of the organisation, decided to go one step further to help his country through the health crisis last month.

He and his partner, Spanish actor Rocío Muñoz Morales, shared photos on their Instagram accounts, documenting their experience as Red Cross volunteers.

The couple took to the streets of Rome to distribute medicine and food to those in need.

“The Red Cross gave me the chance to be a part of their big family, and they helped me help others,” Bova said.

Weeks earlier, Bova had already offered his farm in Puglia to Red Cross volunteers for them to use during the pandemic.

The actor’s generous spirit has gained him many fans over the years, as he also helped the Italian Red Cross in the wake of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the 2016 Amatrice earthquake, which killed almost 300 people and left thousands of Italians homeless.

Bova’s experience as a volunteer has inspired him to make a television series based on the healthcare workers who’ve been on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic for months.

“I will tell you about these heroes of emergencies, these volunteers of all ages with an immense heart, ready to help,” he told Italian news agency ANSA.

“I’d been thinking about a TV series on the Italian Red Cross for some time, but now with the coronavirus, it has become a concrete project already at an advanced stage of writing, ready to shoot as soon as possible.”

Born in Rome, Bova is one of Italy’s biggest actors.

The 48-year-old’s European film breakthrough was in the 1993 film Piccolo grande amore, and he’s played many roles in both Italian and international films since.

His American film credits include Under the Tuscan Sun (2003), Alien vs. Predator (2004) and The Tourist (2010).