The EU announced Tuesday it would take Italy to the European Court of Justice. The overflow of rubbish has inspired an artistic movement to effect change.
Voters, who head to the polls Sunday, see the flamboyant former leader as the man to lift Italy out of its malaise.
As economic woes mount, Italians want to make it more difficult for members of small coalitions to topple a government.
Prime Minister Romano Prodi may resign in the wake of a defection by a key parliamentary ally.