Unusually heavy snowfall in Italy Today’s Image of the Day comes from the European Space Agency (ESA) and features a look at Italy with unusually high amounts of snow on the ground.
This past week, much of Europe has been gripped with freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall. Even though Italy usually enjoys a more mild winter, in the last week temperatures in Rome dipped down to -5 degrees Celsius at night.
This image was captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite.
Italy (Italian: Italia [iˈtaːlja] (listen)), officially the Italian Republic (Italian: Repubblica Italiana [reˈpubblika itaˈljaːna]), is a European country consisting of a peninsula delimited by the Alps and surrounded by several islands. Italy is located in south-central Europe, and it is also considered a part of Western Europe. The country covers a total area of 301,340 km2 (116,350 sq mi) and shares land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, and the enclaved microstates of Vatican City and San Marino. Italy has a territorial exclave in Switzerland (Campione) and a maritime exclave in the Tunisian Sea (Lampedusa). With around 60 million inhabitants, Italy is the third-most populous member state of the European Union. The capital and largest city is Rome; other major cities are Milan, Naples, Turin, Palermo, Genoa, Bologna, Florence and Venice.
Image Credit: European Space Agency (ESA)