1. WHITEOUT

    Rome Blanketed in Snow

    MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 02:  People out walking in the snow on February 2, 2012 in Milan, Italy. The cold front sweeping over the country has affected regions from Piedmont to Sicily. Schools have closed in several cities, while transport has been affected with train cancellations and road closures. (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images)

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    La dolce vita will have to be enjoyed indoors in Rome on Friday as the Eternal City digs out of a rare snowstorm that blanketed ruins and stranded travelers. Rome hasn’t seen a snowfall since 2005, and reports are that Pope Benedict was seen looking out Vatican windows at what’s said to be the heaviest snow in nearly 25 years. The Colosseum and other ancient sites were closed to tourists out of fear that visitors may slide down the ruins. It’s part of a cold snap that’s had Romans shivering in recent days, with temperatures resting around the freezing point. But it was a stroke of buona fortuna for Roman schoolchildren—the city’s mayor gave them two snow days.

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