PHOTOS: Rare Blanket of Snow Covers ROME

  • Residents of Rome woke to a rare sight on Monday after an Arctic storm hit the Italian capital overnight
  • Italy’s Mediterranean climate and proximity to the sea usually results in mild winters for the capital
  • Therefore, Monday’s snowfall – though not huge – brought excited Romans out for a rare snowball fight

Tourists stand in front of the Colosseum in Rome after the famous landmark was covered with snow after a storm on Monday

Schools and public offices were closed and snow-removal crews were in place as Rome was on high alert for the winter blast. Pictured, a couple kiss in front of the Colosseum on Monday
Schools and public offices were closed and snow-removal crews were in place as Rome was on high alert for the winter blast. Pictured, a couple kiss in front of the Colosseum on Monday
Shawn Roser, from Venice, Florida, a student at the North American college in Rome, throws a snowball in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Monday
Shawn Roser, from Venice, Florida, a student at the North American college in Rome, throws a snowball in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Monday
Seminarians of the Pontifical North American college in Rome play in the snow that blanketed St. Peter's Square at the Vatican
Seminarians of the Pontifical North American college in Rome play in the snow that blanketed St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican
Local police patrol in front of St. Peters Basilica after the square in the Vatican was covered by snow on Monday
Local police patrol in front of St. Peters Basilica after the square in the Vatican was covered by snow on Monday
The residents of Rome are seen in front of the Spanish Steps to enjoy the unusual weather in the Italian capital
The residents of Rome are seen in front of the Spanish Steps to enjoy the unusual weather in the Italian capital
A man is pictured as he carries his skis up the Spanish Steps during a heavy snowfall in Rome on Monday morning
A man is pictured as he carries his skis up the Spanish Steps during a heavy snowfall in Rome on Monday morning

A man walks his bicycle through the snow in downtown Rome, Italy, after the city was hit by the first snowfall in six years

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