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Italian tourists skinny-dipping in the old Roman fountain, a spark of indignation: ‘Italy is not their house bathroom’

Rome police are looking for two tourists who went skinny-dipping in an old fountain.

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The Italian police are looking for two English speaking tourists who went skinny-dipping in an old memorial fountain in Rome.

The two unidentified men stripped down to their underwear and climbed into the water at the Altare della Patria, Piazza Venezia Sunday with the BBC.

The two tourists climbed into the fountain and splashed around before they took his underwear to pose for photos.

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The historic site, also known as Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele is a tribute to Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of Italy after the country unification, and the houses of the “tomb of the unknown soldier,” a place where “the eternal flame shines and that is always guarded by two soldiers,” according to the Rome tourism website.

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In a video of the incident posted on a Roman blog, the duo can be seen splashing around the fountain and laughing, and even pulls down his pants to pose for a photo.

Italian officials are outraged at the perps’ behavior, which will be faced with a fine of at least $460 if they are caught.

Matteo Salvini, the country of the vice-first minister, tweeted: “I will know how to educate these idiots when they are caught. Italy is not their home bathroom.”

Authorities say the couple’s actions “seriously offend the national sentiment and the memory of the fallen who the monument is dedicated to” and they are looking for “effective cooperation in order to identify those responsible for these illegal and outrageous behavior,” said a statement.

The historic site, also known as Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele is a tribute to Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of Italy after the country unification, and the houses of the “tomb of the unknown soldier.”

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Italy has seen its fair share of badly-behaved tourists, especially during the summer months, when the weather is warm and people feel the need to change the treatment of the old fountains, such as their own private pools.

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In 1999, the country adopted a law wading in the fountains, and more recently, the Roman officials started with the issuance of heavy fines for other disrespectful and potentially harmful actions such as eating, drinking, or sitting on the fountains, The New York Times reports.

“It is unacceptable that someone uses them to go swimming or clean themselves, it is a historical heritage that we must protect,” Virginia Raggi, Rome’s mayor, told the Times in 2017.

Michelle Gant is a writer and editor for Fox News Lifestyle.

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