With a body similar to a lute, a fretted fingerboard like the guitar, and strings tuned like a violin, this instrument in the family of strings is very much a hybrid. Can you recognise it from this description?
It’s a mandolin. The mandolin dates back to the 15th century, and possibly prior to that, and was popular in Italy. The strings of the mandolin are plucked with a plectrum. There are three main styles of the instrument and each style is associated with different types of music. Vivaldi composed mandolin concertos while Beethoven composed two sonatas for mandolin and piano.