Snow closes the Colosseum

After no big snowfall for 26 years, Rome is being hit by its second snowstorm in a week.

Snow blanketed Rome’s suburbs today, and has settled in the capital’s centre.

Yesterday Rome’s schools closed as a precaution, and monuments including the Colosseum were shut to the public for fear tourists could fall on ice.

Many places, including the university town of Urbino in the northern Marche region, and mountain villages in Abruzzo and Basilicata south of Rome, hadn’t dug out from the storm a week earlier and were battered again.

Big lorries were ordered off national roads, raising fears that food won’t reach stores. Air travel was reported normal.

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