When you throw a coin over your shoulder into the Trevi Fountain, it’s supposed to ensure that you will return to Rome. But there are some tourists Rome would like to never see again.
On Friday evening, two women competing for the best selfie spot in front of the fountain set off a fight between their respective families. A 19-year-old Dutch woman and a 44-year-old Italian-American woman were pulling hair and shoving each other over the dispute before their relatives got involved. Soon, a massive brawl was taking place. Officers said that a total of eight people were involved. Reinforcements were needed to quell the violence, though no one sustained any serious injuries.
Stricter laws surrounding the fountain have recently been put in place. For example, people caught picnicking on the fountain, dipping their feet in the water, or swimming, can be fined up to $273. But it may be a while before selfies are banned around the historical monument — that restriction in itself might provoke a riot.