“The health situation is serious but our economic and social situation is more serious. Here there are 10,000 people, 10,000 families, 10,000 women and children who are desperate,” said restaurant owner Umberto Cariera, from the city of Pesaro.
“Desperation has brought us here,” he added.
Other protests were reported elsewhere in Italy.
In the financial capital Milan traffic around the central railway station was blocked, while a few hundred street vendors occupied a portion of highway close to the city of Caserta, between Rome and Naples.