The gesture could get its author fined at least $16,000. In addition, he risks being imprisoned and receiving a lifetime ban on Italian territory.
A tourist engraved his name and that of his girlfriend with keys on one of the walls of the Colosseum in Rome, in Italy. The act of vandalism, which would have taken place on Friday of last week, was recorded by another visitor to the place in a video that is actively circulating on social networks.
In the scene, the tourist, accompanied by a woman, looks at the camera and smiles calmly. The recorder is then heard saying, “Really? You stupid asshole!”
This incident generated great repercussion. The Colosseum Archaeological Park Authority filed a complaint on Sunday with the authorities for the person responsible to be identified and punished, local media reported. “We strongly condemn this barbaric behavior that offends the entire city and the entire world,” he claimed the mayor of Rome, Roberto Gualtieri.
“I consider it very serious, undignified and a display of great incivility for a tourist to deface one of the most famous places in the world, the Colosseum,” said in this regard the Italian Minister of Culture, Gennaro Sangiuliano.
The gesture could mean a fine of at least 15,000 euros ($16,000) for its author and up to five years in prison. In addition, he and his partner must pay for damage and deterioration of cultural heritage and violation of Police regulations. He also risks being banned for life from entering Italian territory, says the Rai News channel.