ROME, July 16 (DPA/EP) –
A 17-year-old German tourist has been denounced for causing damage to a wall in the Colosseum in Rome in the third case of its kind in recent weeks.
The young man scratched the masonry inside the amphitheater on Saturday afternoon and was detained by security personnel, accompanied by a teacher. The Carabinieri security force filed a complaint against him.
This is the third case in recent weeks, and all those responsible face large fines. A few years ago, a Russian tourist who scratched a wall of the Colosseum had to pay a fine of 20,000 euros.
Last Friday, a Swiss tourist was caught carving the first letter of her name on the wall, also a 17-year-old girl.
At the end of June, a case came to the international media that caused outrage in Italy, when a British man also recorded his name and that of his girlfriend on a wall of the Colosseum and posted it on social networks.
Following the criticism, the 31-year-old apologized with a curious excuse, claiming he did not know “how old the monument is.”
The Colosseum, about 2,000 years old, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy and is considered the symbol of the Eternal City. Built in the 1st century AD, it is considered the largest amphitheater in the world and attracts millions of visitors each year.