Rome grottos have become magnets for immigrant day laborers from Eastern Europe who view caves as pennywise alternatives to conventional housing.
Among widespread stereotypes is the idea that Chinese crime syndicates, or triads, control Esquilino’s commerce and its immigrant workforce.
“He called me up and said, ‘It’s Mario Tronco,’ and I said, ‘So what. Who’s Mario Tronco?’”
Architect Richard Meier is determined to put a spin on Rome's ancient look.