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IT SNOWS IN ROME FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SIX YEARS

Rome / On Monday, Rome woke up covered with a white blanket of snow, something that had not happened since 2012 in the Italian capital, where the beautiful and unusual postcards alternated with the surprises and annoyances suffered by many Italians and tourists, forced to change their initial plans.

After a rainy weekend, the forecasts were fulfilled and the cold wave came to Italy, which they have named Burian and which has left copious snowfalls throughout the country and also significant drops in temperatures.

Delays and cancellations in public transport

In Rome, there were cancellations and delays of several hours in the trains that had to arrive or leave the main Roman station of Termini, which was crowded from early in the morning of people, between those waiting to leave and those who arrived and not they found means of transport to move to the center.

Endless was the line of people who crowded into the taxi stand of the station, while public transport worked with difficulty.

In addition, some private bus lines, which usually transport tourists to airports, temporarily suspended the journey through the snow.

Besisdes, there were delays in the Roman airports of Ciampino and Fiumicino and in the first one several of the first scheduled flights of the day were canceled, such as those destined for Brussels and Madrid with the low cost airline Ryanair.

In the center of the capital, the abundant snow has covered streets and monuments and it has forced many merchants to remove the snow at the entrance of their stores during the early hours of the morning.

The monuments and museums are closed

Meanwhile, many tourists have been forced to change plans after several monuments remained closed, as the Spanish Ramón Parrondo, who complained that the city has been “collapsed and public transport has been paralyzed.”

“We had a hired guide for the Vatican Museums and these have been closed them. In St. Peter’s Square, everyone is going around without knowing anything. They have not given us any information”, he laments.

Puzzled also expressed the Japanese fashion journalist Morita Shot, who on the way to Piazza Navona told EFE that he would have liked to be warned in the subway, before arriving there, that neither the Colosseum nor the Basilica of St. Peter would open today.

Something similar has happened toVanessa Sánchez and José Antonio Vélez from Ávila (Spain), who, “surprised” by the amount of snow that has fallen, have had to change for tomorrow the visit they had scheduled today to the Vatican.

“Those who leave tomorrow do not see it anymore,” says Sanchez, before learning that he had not snowed in the city for six years: “It has had to happen with us here”.

Rome is beautiful

But not all have been annoyances, there have also been those who have used the occasion to have fun with the snow.

Closed the schools and suspended the classes in the university, children and adults have not hesitated to improvise a ski slope in the Plaza de San Pedro or in throwing snowballs in the Plaza Venecia.

The more than five centimeters thick accumulated in the roof racks and roofs of many vehicles have been enough for people to throw themselves to build snowmen in the Plaza de España, the Circus Massimo or the Colosseum.

The English Olga Cooper, who is in Rome accompanied by a friend, recognizes that the snowfall has caught her unexpectedly but admits that she will take the opportunity to walk around and see the snowy monuments; “Rome is beautiful,” she says. (February 26, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)

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La noticia trata…
A
de una nevada registrada en el norte de Italia.
B
de una gran nevada que ha habido en la capital de Italia.
C
del anuncio de otra gran nevada en una ciudad italiana.
Question 2
En la noticia se dice que…
A
suele nevar todos los años en Roma.
B
el año pasado estuvo nevando en la capital de Italia.
C
hacía más de un lustro que no nevaba en Roma.
Question 3
Según el texto, la nevada…
A
dificultó que las personas se pudieran desplazar con normalidad por la ciudad.
B
no causó ningún tipo de problema en el transporte.
C
solo causó retrasos en el tráfico aéreo.
Question 4
Los ciudadanos se sorprendieron porque no se cumplió el parte meteorológico.
A
En absoluto.
B
Es verdad.
C
No se sabe.
Question 5
En el texto se dice que…
A
los turistas no pudieron visitar lugares emblemáticos a causa de la nevada.
B
ningún museo de Roma cerró a pesar de haber nevado mucho.
C
todos los lugares emblemáticos de Roma pudieron ser visitados por los turistas.
Question 6
Todas las personas expresaron su malestar porque nevó en Roma.
A
Para nada.
B
Así es.
C
¡Imposible saberlo!
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Decimos que ha habido una ‘copiosa nevada’…
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cuando ha nevado muy poco.
B
cuando ha nevado muchísimo.
C
cuando no ha nevado.
Question 2
En el contexto de la noticia, ‘atestada’…
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significa que a penas había gente en un lugar.
B
significa que había muchísima gente en un lugar.
C
significa que la gente estaba distraída.
Question 3
‘Improvisar’…
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es hacer algo que está planeado.
B
es sorprenderse por algo que ha ocurrido.
C
es hacer algo que no está planeado.
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Un 'abulense' es natural de...
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Huesca.
B
Ávila.
C
Álava.
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