Unless you’re a real gladiator, the scales of the centre of Rome, the Coliseum is a bad idea.
Two tourists from Brazil had severe injuries after an attempt to scale one of the gateways to the famous amphitheater on Sunday night. After a decline of almost 14 metres, one of the tourists was left with full body bruising, while the less fortunate stuntman was left with a broken pelvis, according to The Local.
Soon after the fall, friends of the tourists called an ambulance to the scene. Police reportedly arrived on the scene around 3 a.m. and both men were taken to the hospital. The tourist with a broken pelvis could be in the hospital for a few weeks and the other has already been released but both face trespassing charges and could face prison.
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This is not the first time foreigners have tried to make the scale of one of Rome’s most famous sights. In August, two Germans scaled the 147-foot monument, and posted a video of their stunt online.
Others try to leave their mark in a more literal way. On Monday, Coliseum employees find the word “morte” (Italian for death), painted in black on a column near the entrance. The graffiti is now covered, while preservationists assess the damage.
Italian judges have become more stringent with the passing of fines for foreign invaders, and others, who vandalize historic sites.
In September, a 40-year-old Austrian woman, engraved with the letters “M. D. S” in a pillar of the Colosseum before she was caught by the staff. She was charged with aggravate the damage of a building of historical and artistic interest.
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In 2014, a Canadian teenager stole a stone from the Coliseum. The 15-year-old girl allegedly took the artifact as a souvenir during a class field trip and hid it in her backpack. Witnesses reported the girl to police, who seized the brick.