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