Two American tourists were fined for sneaking into the iconic Italian Coliseum with beer after being caught by passers-by overnight in the stadium
Two American tourists pay for a huge drink bill after a night in Italy at a 2,000-year-old landmark.
Travelers ignored warnings to pay a £ 670 fine after breaking into Rome’s famous Colosseum on Monday.
They reportedly snuck in with beers in the wee hours of the morning to take in the stunning details of the nearly 2,000-year-old landmark, according to the BBC.
The two men, reportedly in their twenties, had been travelers visiting the capital and seeing the city’s sights.
Unfortunately, access to the famous Colosseum is forbidden overnight.
The couple’s antics were only discovered and brought to the attention of the police after passers-by noticed them on the second level of the building.
After being alerted by people on the street, police reportedly caught up with the two men after they left the Colosseum.
Speaking to CNN, a spokesman for Rome’s Carabinieri police said: “In the early hours of Monday morning, some people noticed two young men drinking beer in the Colosseum and facing outwards on the second level.
“They alerted a nearby police car, which then stopped the two young men in Via dei Fori Imperiali.”
It’s not the first time Italy has had trouble with tourists in the capital after an American and an Englishwoman were fined for frolicking in front of the famous Trevi Fountain.
While the fine for a drink is heavy, the fine could have been much worse if the two of them caused damage or destroyed the landmark.
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Anyone who vandalized the Colosseum can face a prison sentence and a hefty fine of tens of thousands.
With around 7.6 million visitors in 2019, before the Covid pandemic, the Colosseum is still one of the country’s biggest tourist attractions.
The gladiator stadium was the largest of its kind during the Roman Empire and saw tens of thousands watch the brutal battles and other events.