A man takes a picture of a woman standing next to an old Fiat 500 car parked in front of a pile of rubbish in a street of central Rome on July 23, 2016. (AFP / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE)

Rome's sad decline sums up Italy's problems

Updated 0158 GMT (0958 HKT) March 5, 2018

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Rome (CNN)Few cities in the world bear the scars of such a tumultuous past as the ancient city of Rome. It has been sacked by the Gauls and the Goths, by the French and the Fascists, with each invader leaving a layer of history that adds to its complexity.

But lately, the city has fallen victim to a different kind of threat -- that of indifference and questionable city governments that have left its grandeur dirty and decaying.
The mosaics and frescoes are still safe within the fortified walls of the great palaces and museums, but it is far more likely that any recent visitor will instead remember the g