Due to the restrictions on virus travel that prevent summer vacations abroad, the Lithuanian capital offers a cost-effective alternative by mimicking the appearance of different countries on weekends.
France, Japan and the United States are among the more than half a dozen nations that Vilnius residents can get to know without leaving the Baltic city.
Last weekend, Italian music filled the old town, while local restaurants offered Mediterranean dishes, while green, white, and red flags fluttered nearby.
Lithuanian official Aurelija Baniulaitiene, who came to an open-air restaurant with a friend, said the southern European atmosphere had helped her "leave the lockdown cocoon."
In the coming weeks, the topic will change in India, the USA, France, Spain, Germany and Japan.
Rasa Kliostoraityte, a translator who launched three books by contemporary Italian writers as part of the initiative, hoped that "people can enjoy the Italian spirit without leaving the city."
Her husband, Italian-born singer Mario Di Pasquale, had mixed feelings before putting his guitar on stage near the 17th-century bell tower of St. John's Church that dominates the city skyline.
"I had to think about celebrating Italy now when it is in so much pain," the 44-year-old told AFP.
"I haven't forgotten the victims for a moment and pay my respect for my songs. The Italians themselves started singing folk songs from balconies at the beginning of the outbreak," he added.
A short walk away, in a former Jewish quarter, jeans designer Milda Paukste sewed pieces of jeans to sew an outline of the Italian peninsula onto a sheet of paper laid out on the street.
"In addition, I have everything Italian that I found at home, from spaghetti to a Versace perfume to a cup of espresso. I see it as a creative way of educating people," said Paukste, 35.
Hundreds of Lithuanians admired a collection of legendary Vespa scooters and Alfa Romeo cars on the nearby Rathausplatz.
"Great for kids"
Lithuania itself was reopened to tourists from most European countries earlier this month after the spread of the disease had been curbed.
The reported COVID-19 deaths are only 71, 1,720 in the euro zone at 1,720.
Many European countries are starting to reopen their borders, but health concerns are hindering efforts to bring visitors back and the travel industry is concerned about heavy losses.
In the capital's Bernardine Gardens, the entrance gate invited visitors to "enjoy an Italian vacation in Vilnius".
In the park, a children's entertainer was disguised as a video game character Super Mario, an Italian plumber.
"This is great for children after quarantine. A nice opening of the summer season," said Justina Sapokiene when her five-year-old daughter played with the figure in his red overalls and blue shirt.
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