This post is merely an excuse to repost some of my Rome-in-the-snow photos in this stunning new WordPress “big photo” template.
One year ago today, Rome was blanketed in thick, white snow. I had just returned from a ski holiday with my two sons the night before. My kids were excited about reports of (rare) snow in The Italian capital, and I told them in no uncertain terms they would be going to school the next day.
Imagine my surprise when I opened my shutters early Monday morning to hear an eerie silence (Rome without cars!) and to see the snow quickly piling up in those ancient streets.
My kids did indeed have a snow day, while I unpacked my ski boots and ski jacket (not my normal Roman gear) and made my way to work through the falling snow. One of the first things that happens when snow falls in Rome is a closing of the parks. The Mediterranean pines risk falling under the weight of the snow, hence the precaution. But I managed to get out early enough to walk through Colle Oppio’s park before the closure – here was my stunning view.
Admittedly, it was a slow walk into work. I was having too much fun enjoying the silence, snapping photos and watching the stunned Romans and tourists taking in their surroundings – before the snowballs started flying.
Obviously, most people stayed home. Transport was spotty at best. I saw trees down blocking tram lines. Bus drivers are not used to driving in snow, nor is there equipment to clear the snow on Roman roads. Reports warned drivers to stay off the roads.
The snow had pretty much melted by the end of the day, and was almost all gone by the following day – but the effect was still magical.
The Eternal City is rarely blanketed in snow, but when it is, it’s a sight not to be missed. One year later, I’m happy to recall the magical winter wonderland that was Rome for a day.