Italian Prince Joins Fight To Stop Landfill Site Stinking Up Ancient Ruins

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As Rome runs out of places to bury its trash, one Italian prince is protesting against the idea of opening an emergency landfill site less than a mile away from some historic Roman ruins, reports the Telegraph.The ruins of Hadrian’s Villa, the “out-of-town” retreat of the former Roman emperor, is a tourist attraction and important heritage site. The emergency landfill facility would be nearby the ruins (certainly within smelling distance) something that won’t do for Prince Urbano Barberini.

According to the Guardian Prince Barberini is encouraging local farmers to campaign in defence of the 2,000-year-old, 250-acre heritage site. He has been joined in voicing his concern by environmental groups who have criticised the local government for opening new landfill sites rather than encouraging recycling in the Italian capital. 

However, Prince Barberini’s biggest concern seems to be the smell of the new site, the Guardian reporting that he remarked:

“This is like dumping rubbish next to the pyramids – what if tourists have to time their visits according to which way the wind is blowing? And should people attending the concerts held at the ruins bring masks?”

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