Like many of us, Dante Alighieri was caught out. In 1301, he was in Rome on a Florentine delegation to the Pope, when news came through that he was an exile. The so-called “Black” party, in cahoots with the Pope himself, had seized control of Florence, and Dante, of the “White” party, was persona non grata. A comparison with current events is hardly exact: those of us who have adopted Italy as our home are not on the wrong side of a political rupture. Yet when the country went into lockdown, many of us—expats, interns, Erasmus students, overseas one and all—found ourselves on the wrong side of the locks.