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La Notte Bianca – Roma

Umbra students were among the millions of people in Rome for “La Notte Bianca,” or their annual “white night” festival. The event is appealling: museums, shops, restaurants, and bars remain open all night while Italians take to the streets for entertainment.

Shortly after comedian/actor/director Roberto Benigni opened the evening’s ceremonies, the skies opened and a downpour sent everyone in search of shelter. The rain continued sporadically until morning, but did not prevent the students from enjoying the beauty of Rome at night.
(photos: crowds of Romans flock to the Via del Corso, as seen from the top of the Spanish Steps; Reid Williamson in the Pantheon; Piazza Venezia after the rainfall) All photos by Reid Williamson, Rochester Inst. of Technology.

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