See Rome Transformed into a Winter Wonderland After a Rare Snowfall
While Rome typically sees warmer temperatures in the month of February, with average highs of around 55 degrees Fahrenheit, the snowfall is the result of a snowstorm dubbed the “Beast from the East.”
The storm, which brought snowy and chilly conditions from Siberia to countries across Europe on Monday, led to the closure of schools and roads across the city, with popular tourist attractions becoming the scene for a winter wonderland.
As those in Rome celebrate the rare occasion, we’ve rounded up a selection of images that show just how charming the city looks blanketed in snow.
A City in Snow
This is the first time that Rome has seen snow since 2012, according to German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.
The city saw around 1.2 to 1.6 inches blanket its grounds overnight, leaving those who awoke on Monday to find their very own Winter Wonderland.
Dreamy Nighttime Views
Tourists and locals alike gathered to admire the city’s famed attractions, including the Colosseum, cloaked in white.
Attractions like the Roman Forum, an open air museum in the city dating back 2,500 years, were covered in white, making for a striking scene.
Italian journalist Andrea Bettini said the city was full of "fairytale scenery" as he pointed to carousels covered in snow and snowmen lining Rome's streets.
While tourists took to the Vatican to the take photos of the area as its columns were shrouded in white, seminarians from the Pontifical North American College and the Venerable English College had their own snowball fight, with the priests of the Vatican joining in.
Parks of Play
The city’s lush green parks were also transformed into winter playgrounds for locals and residents alike, with crowds taking to Rome’s squares and gardens to enjoy the snow.
Winter Sports for a Day
The snow also gave locals the chance to take part in activities that included everything from sledding and snow shoeing to skiing.
Day of Play
Schools closed down across the capital, giving children and adults alike the chance to get out to the city’s squares and open spaces for a day off.
A Sight to See
Tourists took to the streets to admire Rome's most noted attractions in a view they rarely get to see, bracing the cold and taking to the city's ancient structures, parks, and squares to celebrate.
Tricky Travel Conditions
That being said, the storm has also disrupted travel within the city as train, plane, and bus services were slowed town due to the snowy conditions, while Italy's Civil Protection Agency had to mobilize Rome's army to help city officials clear up the slippery streets, according to ABC.
Step into the Scenery
While Rome is not expected to see any additional snowfall, those who weren't able to see the scene in person can tune into the Vatican's website, where photos taken by the area's live webcam are posted throughout the day on a regular basis.
Meanwhile, the storm is causing frigid travel conditions across several other countries, with Germany currently seeing a record low of -16.6 degrees Fahrenheit while Moscow also saw one of hits coldest nights this winter on Sunday when temperatures fell to roughly -4 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the AP.