US tourists fined for damaging Rome’s Spanish Steps with scooters

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Roma (CNN) — Two American tourists have been fined and briefly banned from Rome’s historic city center after damaging the city’s Spanish Steps with electric scooters.

The incident, which was captured by security cameras, comes less than a month after a Saudi man was arrested for allegedly driving a rental Maserati sports car onto the 18th-century monument, also causing damage .

Police said the tourists, aged 28 and 29, were arrested by a patrol at around 2.45 a.m. local time on June 3 after a scooter was thrown down the steps, also known as a of Trinità de Monti.

“A couple of American tourists threw a scooter three times on the steps of Trinità dei Monti, damaging the penultimate travertine step of the second ramp on the side towards the rise of San Sebastianello,” said the Capitol Superintendency. from the city. the cultural heritage office said Thursday.

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Both men were fined.

Roma Capital Police

He said the incident dislodged a 10 centimeter (four inch) piece of marble and put the cost of the restoration at €25,000 ($27,000).

The two were fined 400 euros each, “in accordance with the provisions of the urban police regulations”, the police said.

The woman was also charged with filing a claim for damage to the property of a monument because at one point she deliberately threw the scooter she was riding down the stairs, police said.

The man and woman were banned from visiting the area around the steps for two days, police said.

In May, Border Police apprehended a 37-year-old Saudi man at Milan International Airport after a rental Maserati was driven down the stone staircase and abandoned.

The car caused two step fractures and “”widespread chips, scratches, abrasions”.

The Spanish Steps is one of Rome’s most famous landmarks. They owe their name to the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See which is housed in a palace in the square below.

A two-year, €1.5 million restoration of the monument – which has appeared in numerous films, including 1953’s ‘Roman Holiday’ starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck – was completed in 2015.

Top image credit: Roma Polizia Capitale

CNN’s Sharon Braithwaite and Livia Borghese contributed to this story

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