Tourist carves his name into Colosseum

Uruguayan tourist engraved "Juan" into wall of Colosseum.

A 32-year-old visitor from Uruguay has become the latest tourist to be caught vandalising the Colosseum.

The man used a key to carve his name - "Juan" into a brick wall on the ground floor of the ancient amphitheatre on the afternoon of 30 June.

However the incident was noted by security staff who immediately called the carabinieri.

The tourist now faces charges for aggravated damage of a building of historical and cultural interest.

It is the latest in a string of incidents involving tourists carving their names into the Colosseum's walls.

Some of the more high-profile cases this year included a 39-year-old Israeli woman who used a stone to carve the intials of her husband and children in April, and a 29-year-old Hungarian man who left behind a large letter "T" in May.

The incident occurred the same weekend that Rome police fined seven tourists €450 each for entering the waters of the city's 17th-century fountains.

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