Rome was saluted on Monday morning by its first snowfall in six years .

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The white stuff didn’t stop a few hardy spirits from seeing the Colosseum.

With 1.2 to 1.6 inches on the sand, the mayor of the Italian uppercase, Virginia Raggi, prescribed public institutions closed and many private school followed suit. Authorities opened various train stations as disaster shelters for the homeless .

The uncharacteristic weather for the city stems from a massive cold front moving over Europe, dubbed by much of British media as “The Beast From the East.” The nippy temperatures cover from the U.K. to Moscow, and nearly five feet of snow has fallen in areas of Croatia.

A car carrying Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven skidded into a guardrail northward of Stockholm during a snowstorm, but no one was hurt.

The cold snap is expected to continue for the next few days, peaking on Thursday, U.K. Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell told CNN.

The wintery backgrounds in Rome have made for magnificent scenes in photos and videos that have been cultivating up all over, with the city’s most scenic and historical places — the Colosseum, the Vatican, etc. — often serving as the backdrop.

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Two canines get acquainted in front of Rome’s Arch of Constantine.

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