Two American tourists were fined after breaking into the Colosseum to have a beer inside the ancient Roman amphitheater. The pair, aged 24 and 25, climbed on to the second tier of the monument in the early hours of Monday morning. They were spotted at about 5.30am, chatting over their drinks, by a passerby who alerted police.
It is unclear how they managed to enter the monument, which closes to the public at 4.30pm. The intruders told police they were “just having a beer,” but officers fined them $900 for illegally entering the archaeological site. No damage was caused.
Italy gets plenty of tourists behaving badly, with the Colosseum often a target for those who want to leave their mark. Defacing the 2,000-year-old structure is strictly forbidden, an instruction reinforced by the signs around the monument, and punishable by up to a year in jail and fines in the thousands.