Rome is already a very pretty city, but it’s even prettier covered in a layer of snow.
Last week an intense cold front swept through Europe, bringing sub-zero temperatures and blanketing much of the continent in snow. Rome was one such city struck by snowfall, and while it caused chaos for transportation and industry, it created a winter wonderland for local residents.
One resident decided to take his drone and get a bird’s eye view of the city covered in white. Oliver Astrologo took to the skies with a drone equipped with a high-quality camera and captured these stunning views of an ancient city made even more eerily beautiful by a healthy layer of snow.
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Architecture both old and new was covered in the white powdery stuff. The Coliseum, normally an area surrounded by tourists, was strangely quiet as residents and tourists stayed home. But those brave enough to endure the cold were treated to the astounding sight of an ancient Roman amphitheater iridescent in the glow of the sun when it briefly broke through the clouds.
Rome is a city unaccustomed to the elements, and even four inches of snow was enough to cause the city to entirely shut down. Police told locals to stay indoors while city officials contacted neighboring towns to send snow plows to clear the streets. Fiumicino airport, Rome’s largest center for air traffic, was reduced to one runway while workers feverishly tried to keep up with falling snow. Flights were redirected, delayed, or canceled.
The net result was a city that seemed just as beautiful as it was stark, like a post-apocalyptic town.
And while the lack of crowds was seen as ominous by some, local residents still made the best of it. Students skied down Oppian Hill, while priests and youngsters had a snowball fight at St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Schools were closed along with many businesses, bringing a city-wide snow day.
But most took city officials advice and stayed indoors for warmth.
The Siberian weather system was dubbed “the beast from the east” by British meteorologists and brought starkly cold temperatures. In the Swiss Alps, thermometers plunged to -34.9 C (-30.8 F) and record cool temperatures were recorded across the continent.