Vandal filmed carving fiancée’s name onto the Colosseum

A man was filmed carving his fiancée’s name onto the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, on Friday. The freestanding amphitheater is nearly 2,000 years old, and considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

“I consider it very serious, unworthy and a sign of great incivility that a tourist defaces one of the most famous places in the world, the Colosseum, to engrave the name of his fiancée,” Italy’s Minister of Culture Gennaro Sangiuliano, wrote on Twitter on Monday.

“I hope that whoever did this will be identified and sanctioned according to our laws,” he said.

The tweet includes a video of the vandal using keys to carve into the stone of the Colosseum, which was filmed by a bystander.

Italian news outlet ANSA reported that the carving read “Ivan + Haley 23,” and that the man in the video has yet to be identified by the proper authorities. 

He risks a fine of at least 15,000 euros for defacing the Colosseum, in addition to a potential jail sentence of up to five years, the outlet reported.


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