My dad’s parents were from Italy, and the first time I went to Rome (when I was in my mid-twenties) I fell in love. It was my favorite city in the world. I’ve been back multiple times since but not in the last few years, so I was sad to read in a recent New York Times article that “some worry that the city is in danger of becoming a dump. Not a ‘rubbish heap of history,’ or a precious junkyard of antiquities, but an actual garbage dump.”
An Italian blogger named Massimiliano Tonelli was the New York Times’s tour guide for the depressing feature. Here’s an excerpt: “We went up to the Giardinetto del Monte Oppio, a small garden offering one of the most breathtaking views in the Western world, smack in front of the Colosseum. A Brazilian couple used the backdrop for pictures, but out of frame, and off their Instagram feed, was the Rome that tourists often choose not to see: Empty beer bottles, cigarette packs, stained paper towels, soiled clothes and littered food were spread around like some grotesque picnic. Illegal souvenir sellers stashed their blue plastic bags full of tchotchkes in the tree limbs before ducking into bushes that they used as toilets. In the neighborhoods around us, sidewalks were cluttered with soaked mattresses, refrigerators and armchairs. Garbage trucks covered in graffiti moved past walls scrawled with the city’s lament: ‘Roma Guasta’ or ‘Broken Rome.'”
The article was really sad to read, and after I finished it, I asked my Italian expert if the article was accurate. He said it was. Hopefully, the story will shed light on the situation (if travelers stop going, the locals and the government should get their act together and clean it up). In the meantime, the Times’s blogger host’s blog—Roma Fa Schifo (which means “Rome Is Gross”)—is a place to keep up with how things are going. The blog is written in Italian and there’s no translate button, but thanks to Google Translate it’s easy to copy and paste the website and translate the entries.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Plus earn up to $50 in statement credits towards grocery store purchases within your first year of account opening.
- Earn 2X points on dining including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel. Plus, earn 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
- With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories.
- Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on eligible orders over $12 for a minimum of one year with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
- Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
- Get up to $60 back on an eligible Peloton Digital or All-Access Membership through 12/31/2021, and get full access to their workout library through the Peloton app, including cardio, running, strength, yoga, and more. Take classes using a phone, tablet, or TV. No fitness equipment is required.
The comments on this page are not provided, reviewed, or otherwise approved by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered. Editorial Note: The editorial content on this page is not provided by any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.