"Vivere" was composed by Italian singer-songwriter Gerardina Trovato for her second studio album, Non è un film, released in 1994. Trovato decided to invite Bocelli to record the song with her after meeting him at one of Zucchero Fornaciari's concerts, during which he performed the song "Miserere" in a duet with Zucchero. Bocelli and Trovato performed the song as a live duet during Trovato's 1994 Italian tour, to which Bocelli participated as a regular guest.
In 2007, Bocelli re-recorded the song under the title "Vivere (Dare to Live)", with Italian singer Laura Pausini dueting with him. Pausini performs her part of the song in English. This version of the track, produced by Humberto Gatica and Tony Renis, was included in Bocelli's second greatest hits album, The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere, and it was released as a single in November 2007.
The music video for the song was directed by Beniamino Catena and it was produced by Paolo Soravia. The video promotes the "Progetto Vivere", a charity project supperted by Action Aid against poverty. Partially shot in Africa, it shows different people bringing some water to a tree in the desert, using it as a metaphore representing the idea that poverty could be fought if everybody gives his own contribution. Beniamino Catena described the video claining that:
"It is not only a music video, we created a small film, a daydream, clear and bright, which tells the path of some unknowns, coming from different areas of the world, roaming in a huge ocean of sand, looking for the only tree to water."