Italy Falls Apart

From war to something else — not as brutal or tragic, of course, but nonetheless saddening. Just before returning to Libya from Italy I wrote for Macleans about how Italy’s ancient monuments are being neglected because of state spending cuts dictated by the austerity budget.

“In March, the poor state of an open-air, Etruscan-era theatre in northern Lazio was highlighted by an investigative television show, Striscia la Notizia. One of the presenters remarked as the camera panned over a riot of weeds: “The ancient Romans would have put on plays here: comedies, tragedies. The tragedy today is the state of this archaeological site.”

You can read the whole piece here.

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