Romantic video implicated.. Italy is looking for a tourist who dug the name of his sweetheart!

There is no doubt that this young man, who wanted to visit Italy with his girlfriend on a romantic trip, could not have imagined that a video he had taken would implicate him and make the Italian authorities search for him.

After a video clip spread of him carving his name and the name of his girlfriend on the walls of the Colosseum in Rome, the Minister of Tourism and Culture vowed to find and punish him.

And the Minister of Culture, Gennaro Sangioliano, described, in a tweet on his Twitter account, the writing on the walls of the sculpture in the Flavian Amphitheater, which is approximately 2,000 years old, as “dangerous, insulting, and a sign of great indecency,” expressing his hope that the young man would be found and punished according to the laws.

In turn, Tourism Minister Daniela Santanche expressed her hope that the tourist would be punished “so that he understands the seriousness of this act.” She called for respect for Italy’s culture and history. “The authorities cannot allow those who visit the country to feel free to act in this way,” she stressed.

Very heavy fines

These comments came after the tourist’s video spread widely on social media, at a time when Rome residents were already complaining about the influx of tourists who flooded the city in record numbers this season.

The Italian Tourism Association said that, according to the government statistics office, the year 2023 witnessed the influx of record numbers of tourists to the country, exceeding pre-pandemic levels, when they reached their highest levels in 2019.

It is noteworthy that such violations previously led to the imposition of very heavy fines.

In 2014, a Russian tourist was fined 20,000 euros ($25,000) for graffitiing a letter on the walls of the Colosseum, after an urgent four-year suspended sentence was issued.

The following year, two American tourists were punished after they carved their names on these ancient monuments.

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