Tourist Caught Carving Fiancée’s Name On the Colosseum: “A sign of great incivility”

On Friday, a man was filmed carving his fiancée’s name into the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. The roughly 2,000-year-old freestanding amphitheater is 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,” Gennaro Sangiuliano, Italy’s Minister of Culture, posted on Twitter on Monday.

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

Tourist Caught Carving Fiancée's Name On the Colosseum: "A sign of great incivility"

The tweet includes a video of the vandal carving into the stone of the Colosseum with keys, which a bystander captured.

According to the Italian news site ANSA, the carving read “Ivan + Haley 23,” and the individual in the video has yet to be identified by authorities.

According to the outlet, he faces a minimum fine of 15,000 euros and a possible prison sentence of up to five years.

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