Italy's divisive election campaign has left a bitter taste in the mouths of many voters.
It has been marked by anger over the listless economy, high unemployment and immigration.
Discontent over entrenched corruption and growing poverty only adds to a feeling, for some, of 'what's the point?'
"I am not voting because I don't see a reason to turn up," one man in Rome told Euronews.
"They are all the same."
''I want to vote because I want to say what I think," a woman added.
"But I'm not convinced at all. I am even having a doubt now: I'll take 5 minutes to think..."
The vote is being held under a complex new electoral law that could mean the final result won't be clear until late on Monday.
Our correspondent in Rome, Gioia Salvatori, said: "Never before have Italians been so divided as they vote - divided between those who believe that politics can still change the country and those who have lost all hope."