The foulest stench is in the air, but the zombie-like creatures lurching through rubbish-strewn streets of Rome are not monsters in Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, but heat-weary tourists and furious residents. “We know Rome was not built in a day,” Roberto Giachetti, vice-president of the lower house of parliament, wrote on Facebook Friday. Bruno Rota, director of Rome’s crumbling public transport company Atac, announced Friday he was throwing in the towel and resigning after three months on the job — but not before launching a stinging attack on the workers.

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