Trash piles in Monteverde, a residential neighborhood in Rome. During this scorching hot summer, the city’s residents and visitors are being tested by a massive trash crisis that has prompted doctors to warn of the possible spread of diseases as birds, vermin and wild animals scavenge amid the rotting refuse.

Trash piles in Monteverde, a residential neighborhood in Rome. During this scorching hot summer, the city’s residents and visitors are being tested by a massive trash crisis that has prompted doctors to warn of the possible spread of diseases as birds, vermin and wild animals scavenge amid the rotting refuse.