The two tourists were caught by the police while bathing in the baroque fountain and reported. Her friend managed to escape in time before the officers arrived. He is now wanted. The holidaymakers have to pay a fine of 450 euros.
“We were celebrating a birthday. We didn’t know that bathing in the fountain was forbidden,” said the women, both 28 years old. According to the police, you now have 48 hours to leave Rome. The video of the Australians bathing appeared on the well-known blog “Welcome to favelas”. The incident sparked renewed debate about the disrespectful behavior of tourists in connection with Italy’s historical monuments.
“Tourists who want to swim should go to the beach, which is not far from here,” commented Rome city councilor Monica Lucarelli. The fountain, which became world famous thanks to Anita Ekberg’s nighttime bath in the film classic “La Dolce Vita”, is repeatedly used for self-portrayal. The city has to sanction swimming in it with high fines.
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