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Two American tourists on trial for carving names into Colosseum

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The tourists face big penalties for carving their names into the Colosseum
The tourists face big penalties for carving their names into the Colosseum

Two American tourists have been ordered to appear in court for carving their names into the Colosseum, the latest act of vandalism sustained by the ancient monument at the hands of visitors.

Carabinieri Captain Lorenzo Iacobone said two tourists from California, aged 21 and 25, were picked up on Saturday for carving their names 8cm high into an upper level of the Colosseum.

They were freed later but will face trial for aggravated damage to a monument.

Mr Iacobone said the young women apologised, but he said such acts "are extremely serious, and no-one considers the damage they are creating".

A Russian tourist who carved his initials into the Colosseum in November was handed a four-month suspended sentence and a fine of 20,000 euro.