Official declares Rome to be 'on the verge of collapse'
It has long been considered one of the greatest cities of the world, but, according to its Chamber of Commerce president, "Rome is on the verge of collapse."
He goes on to tell Reuters that "It is unacceptable that a major city which calls itself developed can find itself in such a state of decay."
One of its many problems has been the disruptive aftereffects of the fire that damaged one of the terminals at Rome's main Fiumicino Airport in early May.
Corruption has also been an issue in the city with six people arrested last month, one of which allegedly gave illegal preferential treatment on municipal contracts.
The crackdown, which involved a senior official, is thought to be connected in some way to mafia activities.
These scandals have been happening amidst Italy's sluggish economy and record public debt.
Rome itself has a debt of $15.5 billion and was close to declaring bankruptcy last year.