Blanket of snow covers Italy

A big freeze continues to grip eastern and central Europe and this image of Italy blanketed in snow was captured by Envisat's Meris satellite on 13 February 2012.

Heavy snow has damaged some structures across the country, including the medieval walled town of Urbino and the ancient Colosseum in Rome. Fragments have fallen from the Roman amphitheatre and it remains closed to tourists.

Italy covered in a blanket of snow