The historic Spanish Steps tourist destination in Rome is said to have been vandalized by a tourist who rode an e-scooter down the steps, damaging and vandalizing the historic Italian destination
A woman who descended the historic Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy has caused tens of thousands of pounds of damage after descending on an e-scooter.
The incident was filmed by a passerby who saw the unidentified woman, who Italian authorities claimed was an American tourist, aged 28, throwing herself down the steps on an electric scooter.
It appeared she did so in a fit of frustration as police eventually caught up to the 28-year-old and an unidentified male companion, who was also seen rolling down the stairs.
The couple’s reckless behavior resulted in tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage to the iconic steps featured in Audrey Hepburn’s feature film Roman Holiday.
The holidaymakers are said to have been fined £343 ($430) by police, who viewed additional security footage of the incident.
Footage of the couple showed the woman throwing the rented e-scooter down the famous steps, causing damage that reportedly cost over £20,000 ($26,000) to fix.
One of the Italian capital’s best-guarded tourist attractions, the Spanish Steps are closely guarded by police and have banned sitting on them since 2018.
Authorities have said the scooter cracked two flights of the infamous staircase.
With damage to the 16th and 29th steps and chips at various other points on the stairs, Italian media reports say a 4-inch piece of one of the steps has been broken off.
Instead of carrying the vehicle down the steps, the woman instead chose to guide it by hand and pick herself up the steps. An outlet reported that she threw the scooter down the steps “for sheer pleasure” after stopping her recording.
The 28-year-old was fined, as was a 29-year-old American who is said to have accompanied her, the Daily Mail reported.
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