Due to the coronavirus pandemic, residents of L’Aquila were unable to gather together for the traditional torchlit procession through the city’s streets.

Instead, a huge blue beam of light was projected into the sky from an almost deserted Piazza Duomo, and the church bells rang out 309 times, once for each victim left buried under the rubble.

Locals also placed candles outside their houses to commemorate the tragedy.

Works to reconstruct buildings in L’Aquila are still underway, 12 years after the city was devastated by the deadly earthquake.