Following the recent sudden drop in temperatures, giving the impression of passing from summer directly into winter, the first snowfall of the anticipated cold season was registered on Monte Terminillo this week. Night temperatures registered a low of minus 5 Celsius. In Sicily, the peak of Mount Etna was also covered with a thin blanket of snow.

Last winter is remembered for its low rate of rainfall and relatively high temperatures, and many famous ski resorts in Italy were hampered by a lack of snow. While meteorologists constantly say it