Rome fines seven tourists €450 for bathing in historic fountains

Rome police hand out €450 fines to tourists from Estonia, France, New Zealand, Ukraine and US.

Seven foreign tourists were fined €450 each after being caught entering the waters of Rome's historic fountains during the last weekend of June.

The first episode occurred at dawn on 29 June at the Trevi Fountain, where a 42-year-old Ukrainian man was detained and fined €450 for entering the water.

A little later, at 05.00, police fined a French woman for dipping her feet in the water of the same fountain, which was restored by Fendi in 2015.

While officers were taking her details, an American in his thirties jumped into the other side of the 17th-century fountain and began swimming, before being detained and fined €450.

At 06.00 on the morning of 30 June police caught four young tourists splashing around in Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona. The visitors - two men from New Zealand and two Estonian women - were each fined €450.

The sanctions come a week after the city fined another eight tourists for similar offences.

The sanctions come after Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi contacted foreign ambassadors regarding "tourist vandals" following the city's recent updating of rules regarding decorum in the capital.

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Rome fines seven tourists €450 for bathing in historic fountains

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