What has happened to the Eternal City?
Rubbish on the streets of Rome and wildcat strikes causing delays on subway trains have prompted national and international criticism.
It has resulted in drastic steps with embattled Mayor Ignazio Marino firing bosses at the city’s local transport company, Atac. He also pledged new funds for the network.
Atac is Italy’s largest public transport firm, but its inefficient metro system and rickety fleet of buses have come to symbolise the decline and decay of the Italian capital.
Marino’s move follows weeks of disruption and delays across the network system, with metro drivers staging a go-slow over moves to make them clock in and out of work.