Anger in Italy after another tourist caught vandalizing the Colosseum

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There is anger in Italy after another tourist was caught vandalizing the Colosseum in Rome.

A 29-year-old Hungarian tourist carved his initials into the Colosseum on Thursday, the third such act of vandalism in a week.

The man was cited for vandalizing public monuments.

Last year, Rome brought in a raft of strict new laws aimed at tackling the unruly behavior of tourists, including a ban on street drinking,and eating near or climbing on fountains in the Eternal City.

Inauguration of the new Colosseum visit
A general view over the Colosseum, Rome, Italy. Photo: EPA-EFE/ALESSANDRO DI MEO

Days earlier a 17-year-old Bulgarian student in Rome has been charged with aggravated damage to a building of historical and cultural interest after carving her initial into a wall of the Colosseum.

The student was visiting the monument on a school trip on 28 April when she engraved the letter “M”, the initial of her first name, on an interior wall of of the ancient amphitheatre.

She was seen by security staff who called police.

This was the latest in a long series of similar incidents, coming just days after an Israeli tourist was charged after she carved initials into an internal pillar at the world-famous monument.

In the past, judges have come down hard on Colosseum vandals, with one Russian tourist fined €20,000 for carving a giant ‘K’ into one of the building’s pillars last year.

A bill approved in 2016 introduced the specific offence of defacing or damaging cultural heritage or landscapes, and increased the penalty to a maximum of five years’ imprisonment.

Via The / Corriere della Citta/ ANSA

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