IN PHOTOS: First snowfalls of season turn northern Italy white

IN PHOTOS: First snowfalls of season turn northern Italy white
Snow covers the village of Sassello in Liguria. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP
After months of warm and wet weather, winter has well and truly arrived in Italy with snowfall as far south as Sardinia. And more flakes are on the way.

While the Alps are already blanketed, this week even areas at lower altitude got a taste of snow.

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The village of Sassello in Liguria. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

The first flakes of the year fell on the northern cities of Milan, Turin, Genoa, Parma and Bologna, among others, on Wednesday night.

There was even snow in the mountains near Rome and on the island of Sardinia, hundreds of kilometres further south.

Meanwhile other parts of the country have been drenched by heavy rainfall, including Venice where authorities were braced for high tides.

More snow is forecast over the coming days, especially in the north-west.


Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Unfortunately for snow tourists, Italy's mountains look set to remain closed to skiers until at least January as the country cracks down on travel over the holidays. 

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Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Winter weather words in Italian

la neve – snow

la nevicata – snowfall

i fiocchi – flakes

innevato – snow-covered

imbiancato – turned white

il gelo – ice

l'inverno – winter


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