Events The Miracle of the Snow by Annie September 30, 2019 written by Annie September 30, 2019 Snow in Rome? Never!…well, maybe never. According to legend, back in the year 352 A.D. a man named Giovanni had a dream that on August 5th snow would fall in Rome. Moreover, on the site where the snow fell, a church should be erected in honor of the Madonna. So the next morning off he went to tell his friend Pope Liberius about his dream . . . who incredibly had the very same apparition! Together they went to the site indicated in their dreams and gazed in amazement at what lay before them . . . almost an inch of snow! The Pope got down on his hands and knees and traced the outline in the snow for the new church, the Basilica Liberiana, rebuilt as Santa Maria Maggiore in 432 A.D. For the past 25 years in Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore on August 5th at sunset this event is celebrated with ceremonies which end with the traditional annual “snowfall” (courtesy of modern snow machines). Make a note for next year… but don’t worry about snow shoes. 0 comment 0 FacebookTwitterPinterestEmail previous post A Secret Roman Garden next post L’Antica Vetreria: Right inside a village with pool and views! Related Posts Matera’s Longest Day July 29, 2019 Touching Nola’s Cultural Intangible July 1, 2016 Wash Day at il Lavatoio September 30, 2015 Mozzafiato Majesty of il Piano Grande July 10, 2015 Floral Passione Explodes in Bucchianico (part II) May 20, 2015 In Foligno, “a Galileo Universe” April 17, 2015 Burning Down the Town? September 30, 2014 VideoNote: La Ruzzola del Formaggio March 6, 2014 Horses in Bloom March 5, 2013 Magnalonga: walking (and eating) for a good cause. June 4, 2012 Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.