Who knew! We didn’t! But we just happened to be on a lovely city break in glorious Rome during December and discovered that it is a very unique time of year to visit – nature wise!
As the sun begins to set each evening something rather wonderful happens … along the tree lined road from Piazza Venezia, running parallel to the whole of the Roman Forum, right up to the Colosseum – estimated at around 5 million starlings begin to congregate!
The atmosphere really does change as the sound of them chattering becomes louder and louder as more and more birds arrive and join in! And when the murmurations begin – a dense black mass dances around in the sky as the birds come together with furious speed as they merge in and out with each other … it really is an incredible sight on a huge scale!
The days during December in Rome are usually crisp and cold but with piercing blue skies and sunshine which makes for spectacular sunsets come night fall … and with the starlings’ display and the buildings of Rome as a backdrop it couldn’t be more magical!
Unfortunately there is a down side!! With that many birds in the sky it’s virtually impossible not to get hit with something nasty!! If you are not in the know and leave your car, or even worse your Vespa there, it will soon be covered!!!
So if you can find a cafe or restaurant in the area where you can safely sit under an umbrella and watch – you are in for a real treat. We will definitely go back and experience it all again, capturing it in all it’s glory! Any excuse to revisit Rome and we are there!
The Rome starlings were featured on the Sir David Attenborough’s brilliant Planet Earth
Episode 6 . entitled ‘Cities’