Cultural workers, artists, professors and environmental activists have turned to UNESCO, urging the city government to protect Rome’s cultural assets because there are large amounts of rubbish on the streets, but also because of other problems.
The letter they addressed was signed by 150 people, and they also complained that the authorities of the Italian capital were ignoring them. Authorities are failing to keep the city clean due to a significant increase in the number of catering facilities. In addition to garbage, a large number of electric scooters are also a problem.
UNESCO leaders were told that the general situation, as they stated, was devastating.
The director of the Environmental Protection Agency, Miriam D’Andrea, said the city was developing in a “wild way”. That the situation is chaotic is also shown by the fact that two American tourists threw electric scooters down the Spanish Steps, a world landmark, at the end of last week. For that, both were fined 400 euros each.
Recently, a tourist from Saudi Arabia drove a luxury Maserati down the aforementioned 17th-century landmark. The city also faces many other problems.
Roberto Gualtieri, who was elected mayor in October last year, promised that Rome would be cleansed by Rome, but that did not happen, the Guardian writes.