Rome, when I think of this city, I see a beautiful sun drenched historic center and I feel the warmth associated with this Italian city. Finding Rome submerged under a layer of snow was a special surprise. In early February four years ago I flew to the beautiful city of Rome for a weekend. The pleasant temperatures I was hoping for stayed around freezing point.
Instead of pleasant temperatures I discovered snow covered streets, a freezing hotel that was clearly not prepared for such cold temperatures, chaos in public transport, frozen fountains, snowmen on the streets, children sledding from small hills and snow covered scooters. Is this Rome? Rome didn’t see such “extreme” snowfall or even light snowfall for 26 years which made it even more special. Lucky me!
My first introduction to Rome was exceptional, that’s for sure. No Italian ice cream or enjoying a drink on a sunny terrace but a cold weekend with city walks in and under the snow. This city is rarely affected by so much snowfall and even though Rome may be stunning in the summer, Rome was also breathtakingly beautiful under a white blanket of snow. Time to enjoy an impression of the beautiful winter atmosphere in Rome!
The beautiful Trevi fountain, lightly covered with snow.
On the way to a very rarely snow covered Vatican City.
It was snowing so hard that I could barely see through the snowflakes!
When the snow melts and becomes slush I can’t keep my suede boots dry anymore. I buy these trendy rain boots and a pair of dry socks. At least my feet are warm and dry for the time being!
Wondering if these street artists have now become real statues?
An open-air museum submerged by a thick layer of snow..Gorgeous!
This large tree is perfect for a quick photo shoot and snow fun!
Tree branches are also hanging under the weight of the snow in Rome!
You’ll find cute little snowy plants..
and more cute snowmen. Real Italian art!
On the last day the snow melts a bit and the cloudy skies even give place to blue skies. What a nice feeling!
My first acquaintance with Rome was original but I certainly don’t regret having met this city under special circumstances. I’m a huge fan of snow and white landscapes. But I’m curious about how Rome feels in the summer. The “real” Rome. A Rome where I can enjoy generous sunlight, where I can sit on a terrace while enjoying an Italian ice cream and where I can slide my hands through the water of the fountains, looking for refreshment. An experience that Rome still owes me!
Travelling goes hand in hand with pleasant and less pleasant surprises. Were you ever surprised by exceptional or unexpected circumstances during a trip?