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As Rome Recovers From Record Blizzard, Nearby Small Towns Still Snowed In, Isolated

As a cold snap covers much of Europe, the Italian capital was hit with record snowfall over the weekend, but is largely cleared of major disruptions. But surrounding towns, which were hit with even more snow and strong winds, have been largely cut off fro

Rome was hit with its first major snow storm in 26 years (msako23)
Rome was hit with its first major snow storm in 26 years (msako23)
Niccolò Zancan

SAN VITO ROMANO - Lost dogs wander by as a few crows pick around at a small stretch of road cleared of snow. By what's most striking is the utter silence amid the pine trees and collapsed electricity lines across the Aniene valley. Two days and two nights have produced one full meter of snow, shutting off this stretch of countryside just east of Rome and knocking out power, as locals wait impatiently for the first emergency workers to arrive.

As Rome recovered from its first major snowstorm in a generation, nearby were forgotten towns: Sambuci, Colle Passero, Ciciliano, San Vito Romano. These places of vineyards, olive trees and shepherds like Mauro Rossi in the isolated village of Pisoniano who lost all his lambs under the collapsed roof of his farmhouse. But he must wait for someone to come and help, since he cannot dig out the ruins all by himself. "But no one is coming here, no one!" his friend Pietro D'Orazzi shouts. "We can't even go to buy some food. The bread is finished. Is this possible in 2012?"

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Ai-Da sits behind a desk, paintbrush in hand. She looks up at the person posing for her, and then back down as she dabs another blob of paint onto the canvas. A lifelike portrait is taking shape. If you didn’t know a robot produced it, this portrait could pass as the work of a human artist.

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