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When in Rome? American Tourists Fined After Breaking Into the Colosseum Just to Have a Drink


Young women clink bottles of beer as they share an aperitif drink by the Colosseum monument in Rome on May 21, 2020. Two American men were fined after breaking into the Colosseum to enjoy a couple of beers in a scenic spot. (Photo: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)

Two U.S. tourists were fined €800 (about $910) in Rome after police were called on them while they were enjoying a beer at about 5:30 a.m. in the Colosseum.

The two men climbed over high railings to get in and enjoyed their beers at the famous arches that face the city until the two were seen and reported to the police.

“During the early hours of Monday morning some people noticed two young men drinking beer in the Colosseum, facing outwards on the second level,” Rome’s carabinieri police force said, according to CNN. “They alerted a police car nearby, which then stopped the two young men on Via dei Fori Imperiali.”

According to The Guardian, the men were aged 24 and 25.

The €800 fine was for illegally entering the property, which closes to the public at 4:30 p.m. Fortunately for the two men, they had the sense to simply enjoy their beer, rather than leave their mark on the property via vandalism. Tourists vandalizing the Colosseum is a fairly common occurrence and a crime that carries a punishment of up to a year in prison or a fine of no less than €2,065 (about $2,340).

Last year, an Irish tourist was arrested after carving his initials into the Colosseum. In 2014, a Russian tourist was fined $24,000 after he carved a 10-inch-tall letter “K” into the Colosseum.

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David Morrow is the managing editor of Whiskey Raiders and has been with the company since September 2021. David has worked in journalism since 2015 and has had bylines at Sports Illustrated, Def Pen, the Des Moines Register and the Quad City Times. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Saint Louis University and a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. When he’s not tasting the newest exciting whiskey releases, David enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, watching sports and traveling.