A few days ago, Rome was the stage of a completely out-of-the-ordinary snowfall that transfigured the city.

A few days ago, Rome was the stage of a completely out-of-the-ordinary snowfall that transfigured the city.

Snow is a rare occurrence in Rome and all the more so in early March with spring just around the corner.

Rome covered in rare snowfall March, 1 2018 [Credits @Isamuko on instagram]

The snow came and went in a flash but left behind some beautiful images that we want to share with you here. See if you can recognize these views...

Castel S.Angelo [Credits @giorgibop on Instagram]

Il Vittoriano: snow makes its nickname "wedding cake" even apter! [Credits @black_85mamba on Instagram]

The original late 19th-century water clock, restored ten years ago, at Villa Borghese.

Ancient ruins in white [Credits @d'harta on Instagram]

Epic Snowfalls in Rome

The most famous Roman snowfall in history must be the one in 1956, affecting all of Italy, bringing temperatures down to record lows (some cities hit -30°C).

And the oddest snowfall of all comes from the legend that it snowed on August 5, 358 A.D., marked every summer as the "Miracle of the Madonna of the Snow" holiday. According to legend, the Virgin Mary showed where she wanted a church built in her honor by sending a snowfall. Now every August 5, the miracle is commemorated with a rain of flowers during the 10:00 am mass and at Vespers at 5:00 pm.

Cover photo: Palazzo Barberini (Credits Official Facebook page Palazzo Barberini).

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