The Eternal City blanketed in white

Snow in Rome, ItalyI first began this blog post in 2012 and one of my first posts was about Roman snow, namely, an unusual snowstorm that hit the Italian capital and shut down the schools for two days.

Six years later, white powder has fallen on the Eternal City once again, and these Roman school snow days seem to be becoming quite a trend.

Needless to say, my kids were thrilled to sleep in and enjoy their surprise snow day.

Snow in Rome, ItalySnow is common outside of Rome. The little towns to Rome’s north and south receive the occasional dusting of snow.  The Apennine mountains in northern Lazio  and nearby Abruzzo host ski resorts, and receive heavy snowfalls.

My family and had just returned from a  week skiing in the latter, returning from the mountains in time for a second bout of snow in Rome early Monday morning.

Digging our cars out and slipping on our way to work is not something Romans generally have to deal with.

Snow in Rome, ItalyDespite the inconvenience of living in a city that possesses zero snow removal equipment, seeing Rome decked out in fluffy white flakes is a special experience.

I had a great walk to work past all the Roman monuments dusted with snow. Sadly, my usual trek through Colle oppio park was impossible.

The parks are closed during snowstorms. This is mainly because the towering Mediterranean pines are not accustomed to this climate. Under the heavy snow, their branches can break and fall from great heights. I saw some of these downed branches on my walk in, so it’s good tourists and Romans are kept from the most dangerous areas.

Snow in Rome, ItalyNot surprisingly, the kids were out early to sled and throw snowballs.

The many tourists around Rome were snapping photos of the beautiful scene.

All in all, we received about 3-4 centimeters – enough to cause chaos in a city unaccustomed to snow, but too little to create long-term difficulties. By the time I returned home from my work day, the same snow-covered paths I’d trudged through that morning were snow-free by my return.

Six years after our last snowfall, it was a magical experience to enjoy the Eternal City once again blanketed in fresh, white snow. But I still don’t think we’ll be hosting the Winter Olympics anytime soon …

Snow in Rome, Italy

Snow in Rome, Italy

Snow in Rome, Italy




  1. wordfoolery on February 27, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Glad you’re enjoying the snow. I was thinking of you when I heard about Rome getting a white blanket. It’s heading towards us in Ireland next and the schoolkids are looking forward to it.

    • kimberlysullivan on February 27, 2018 at 11:21 pm

      Haha. I can imagine. My kids got two days snow day from school, but they are back tomorrow! Stay warm!

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