Rome is called the Eternal City. Over many centuries ago, it has been sacked by marauders and repeatedly resurrected from decline. However this summer season, Roman residents are being examined by a large trash crisis that has prompted doctors to warn of the possible spread of illnesses as birds, vermin and wild animals scavenge amid the rotting refuse.
Already, flocks of cawing seagulls have changed traffic roar because of the soundtrack of Roman life.
No want for them to dive for fish in the sea 15 miles away after they can feast on rubbish-strewn across town. Some neighborhoods have reported boars and foxes choosing through the trash.
The artwork and monumental sites of historic and Baroque Rome have long overwhelmed — metaphorically — guests’ senses. At present, with the miasma of tons of putrescent trash emanating through the summer’s scorching hot spells, the risk is literal.
The issue is placing growing pressure on Rome’s City Hall, as its leaders with the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement are criticized for a way they manage the Italian capital.
On a July afternoon, despite the 95-degree temperature, the square was filled with individuals tossing coins in the marble fountain.
“Plenty of garbage cans almost overflowing or full. It is disgusting,” states Callum Leeks, from Virginia. Pointing to the fountain, he says, “I want to come right here to see lovely things like that. The rubbish on the ground and spilling out, just kind of ruins the effect.”