Italians have voiced despair over how the European Union has "destroyed" their way of life and made things worse for the country.
Rome has rolled out a massive security operation for this weekend's 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, where all EU leaders have signed a momentous declaration.
The EU summit will celebrate the founding document, which later spawned the European-wide project.
Italians have voiced despair over how the European Union has "destroyed" their way of life
However, Italy itself has been struggling to respond to a vocal anti-EU movement, as a growing number of citizens call for the country to quit the 27-member bloc.
In a series of interviews with Euronews, several citizens condemned the chaos that the European Union had brought to the country.
Many of them believe that elections next year in Italy could represent a huge blow to the European project.
Experts point to the country's weak banks, struggling growth and political instability as a concern for the future of the EU and especially the eurozone.
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With the opening of the borders, everything has arrived here in Italy, and everything has happened without any control
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Disgruntled Italian in Rome
Populist anti-EU forces could potentially form a coalition to pull the country of the euro, as many blame Europe for the state of the country.
One woman told Euronews: "The situation has become worse instead of improving.
"With the opening of the borders, everything has arrived here in Italy, and everything has happened without any control."
A coffee bar owner, Mr Azim, said joining the euro was the country's biggest mistake.
He said: "In my opinion. it was better when we had still the lira. It got worse since we adopted the euro because not many countries were ready."
Italy itself has faced a vocal anti-EU movement
The country has to recover fully recover after suffering a shock referendum result late last year that toppled its government.
Enrico Letta, the former prime minister, said: “There is an anti-European retrenchment in Italy that is very worrying. We have to stay on the wagon."
Guntram Wolff, director of the Bruegel think-tank added: "As leaders descend to Rome to celebrate, the EU's future critically depends on reform progress in Italy.
"Will Rome manage to turn around the Italian economy and achieve growth rates as in Spain?”