Monday, November 24, 2014

Italy: Russian Tourist Fined 20,000 Euros (US$24,770.60) for Engraving Initials in Colosseum

According to, a Russian tourist, 42, was observed attempting to carve his initials on the wall of Rome's Colosseum was ordered to pay a fine of €20,000 (US$24,770.60), ANSA reported.

The Russian tourist was using a sharp-edged stone to engrave a large K, some 25 centimeters tall (9 inches) onto the brick surface, the Italian news agency reported.

The judge also handed down a suspended four-month jail sentence.

The saboteur was the fifth visitor to the Colosseum to be penalized for defacing the 2,000-year-old monument this year.

The others were an Australian father and son, and two teenagers, from Canada and Brazil.

COMMENT: One can only conclude that not all visitors worldwide "come to the table" with the same values that all parents are expected to impart to their  offspring.

Rome's daily IL MESSAGGERO  said authorities would increase the number of surveillance cameras and step up visual and audio warnings against vandalism.

The Colosseum, the biggest amphitheater built during the Roman Empire standing 48.5 meters (157 feet) tall, welcomes more than six million visitors a year.

Long-delayed repairs to the 2,000-year-old monument, once used for bloody gladiatorial contests, began in September.

Funded by Italian billionaire Diego Della Valle, the refurbishment is expected to end in 2016.

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