September 30, 2023

A normal view exhibits individuals gathering on the Colosseum monument in Rome on April 7, 2023, previous to the Method of the Cross (Through Crucis) prayer service as a part of celebrations of the Holy Week.(Photograph by Andreas Solaro/AFP through Getty Pictures)

(KTLA) – Officers in Italy have vowed to seek out and punish a vacationer who was just lately filmed defacing a wall of the Colosseum in Rome.

A vacationer from California was visiting the positioning Friday when he noticed the person carving a message studying “Ivan+Haley 23” into the stone.

“I used to be fairly upset,” mentioned Ryan Lutz, who spoke with Nexstar’s KTLA.

Lutz is at the moment on a two-month tour of Europe. He mentioned he visited the Colosseum after changing into “entranced” by depictions of historic Rome in films and TV, citing “The Gladiator” as one in all his favorites.

“I wished to see it and it got here to life,” Lutz mentioned. 

However his go to was ruined when he noticed a person carving his identify into one of many Seven Wonders of the World.

Lutz recorded the vacationer and mentioned he confronted him, however the video exhibits the vandal grinning as he continues to carve with what gave the impression to be a set of keys.

“You at all times hate to see any vacationer doing that … You form of maintain out hope that they’re not American,” mentioned Lutz, who felt that American vacationers have already got a foul repute overseas.

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Lutz mentioned he reported the incident and supplied his video to safety guards, however they didn’t appear . Later, when he posted his video on Reddit, it went viral, prompting a global response.

Italy’s tradition minister Gennaro Sangiuliano is now calling for the particular person to be “recognized and sanctioned.”

“We can not permit those that go to our nation to be at liberty to behave on this method,” tourism minister Daniela Santanche added.

Outdoors the Colosseum on Tuesday, different guests agreed.

“We’ve to protect what now we have,” mentioned Diego Cruz, an American scholar, in a press release obtained by the Related Press. “There’s a wealthy historical past right here. It helps us study from the previous.”

Lutz agreed that vacationers ought to present respect when visiting different international locations.

“Be humble. Have an perspective in distinction to what I noticed on the Colosseum. … No matter enjoyable you’ve gotten simply be sure to’re not being offensive to your host nation,” he mentioned.

Vacationers have been punished for carving their initials on the Colosseum previously. Just a few years in the past, a Russian customer was fined $20,000 and given a four-month jail sentence for carving the letter “Okay” onto a wall on the Colosseum.

If recognized, the vacationer who carved into the Colosseum on Friday may face related repercussions. Italian officers mentioned punishments may embrace a tremendous of as much as 15,000 Euros and as much as 5 years in jail, based on Italy’s ANSA information company.

The Related Press contributed to this report.