I hate tourists that damage the buildings or the natural environment. Its a massive bugbear of mine.
The question is how much do we want these people to be punished? It seems Italy is getting tough.
This week, one such vandal was fined $US25 000 for attempting to carve his initials into the Colosseum. This AD70 amphitheatre built during the Roman Empire stands 48.5 metres high and welcomes over six million visitors a year. I have visited it twice and it still inspires me.
The 42-year-old Russian tourist had used a stone to carve the letter “K” into the surface of a wall inside the amphitheatre. He was caught carving the 25cm (10 inch) letter by a guard who handed him over to the police. Rossella Rea, the director of the Colosseum, said “You cannot write on a historic wall, it’s absolutely forbidden,”
Sadly five vandals have been caught damaging the Colosseum this year. Apart from the Russian,there were:
- a 45 year old Australian man and his 12 year old son in January tried to write their names on a wall
- a Canadian 15 year old attempted to smuggle an ancient brick from the site in her backpack in March
- a Brazilian teenager was charged with carving his name
Stupid behaviours deserve huge fines. Yes?