The lack of funding and manpower along with lack of legislation has failed to protect and maintain the crumbling ancient sites of Rome. Now, the Roman Forum, Circus Maximus and the aqueducts, sewage system and other parts of the Colosseum lay in ruins.
According to Roman Cultural Superintendent Claudio Parisi Presicce, Rome needs more funding as it has about €12bn in debt to the world.
He said: “We need new strategic ideas. We have to create a link between the people living above the modern city and the ancient city that lies beneath them,” he said.
Rome Government Appointed- Mayor Francesco Paolo Tronca said Rome was still suffering from its malaise of corruption scandals involving the Mafia and its former officials. He said the citizens could hope for less to maintain the key tourist attractions and the heritage of the city.
“We need help to ensure Rome continues to be a reference point in terms of beauty for the whole world,” said Tronca, who was brought in after the former mayor Ignazio Marino quit over a minor expenses row unrelated to the broader corruption scandal.