US tourists fined for breaking into Rome’s Colosseum for a beer.
Two American tourists have been fined after breaking into the Colosseum, reportedly to experience the pleasure of having a beer inside the ancient Roman amphitheatre.
The pair, both in their 20s, snuck into the Colosseum in the early hours of Monday morning after climbing over high railings.
They were spotted chatting over their drinks at about 5.30am by a passerby who alerted police.
A spokesperson for Rome’s carabinieri police force told CNN: “During the early hours of Monday morning some people noticed two young men drinking beer in the Colosseum, facing outwards on the second level.
“They alerted a police car nearby, which then stopped the two young men on Via dei Fori Imperiali.”
When police arrived at the scene, one of the tourists told the officers that they were “just having a beer”, the Italian press reported.
The unnamed men were given a fine of €800.
The Colosseum has often been a target for unruly tourists who want to leave their mark in one or the other way.
In September last year, an Irish man was caught using a metal point to carve his initials into a pillar on the first level, while a German girl of 14 was caught doing the same thing a month later.
While the coronavirus pandemic has hurt tourism, the Colosseum remains one of Italy’s most visited landmarks.
The almost 2,000-year-old landmark was the biggest amphitheatre in the Roman Empire, famous for hosting gladiatorial fights in front of crowds of tens of thousands.