After a 42-year-old Russian man carved a 25cm “K” into the monument’s walls last November (the fifth person to be caught defacing the Colosseum in 2014), two US tourists were arrested yesterday for scratching their initials into the amphitheatre.
Two Californian women, aged 21 and 25, carved a “J” and a “N” with a coin into the ancient walls of the Colosseum and immortalized the act they “did not imagine was so serious” by snapping a selfie. Shortly after being spotted by other tourists, they were arrested for aggravated damage on an ancient site.
Despite the signs explaining that defacing the site is strickly forbidden, some visitors still think nothing of damaging what they seem to perceive as an already crumbling monument.
Although they apologized for the act, the two women will now have to face a judge and may receive a severe penalty. The Russian vandal was fined 20,000 euros and was given a four-month suspended prison sentence.