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U.S. tourists arrested for carving initials into Rome Colosseum

Two American tourists were arrested Saturday for allegedly carving initials into a wall at Rome's ancient Colosseum. The pair were reported to police by other tourists at the historic site.

2 women from California arrested for causing 'aggravated damage' to wall of historic monument

Rome's ancient Colosseum is in a state of decay, archeologists say. (Gregorio Borgia/Associated Press)

Two American tourists have been ordered to appear in court for carving their names into the Colosseum, the latest act of vandalism sustained by the ancient monument at the hands of tourists.

A captain with the Carabinieri, Italy's national military police, said Monday two tourists from California, ages 21 and 25, were picked up Saturday for carving their names eight centimetres high into an upper level of the Colosseum. They were freed later but will face trial for aggravated damage to a monument.

Lorenzo Iacobone said the young women apologized for the vandalism, but he said such acts "are extremely serious, and no one considers the damage they are creating."

A Russian tourist who carved his initials into the Colosseum in November was handed a four-month suspended sentence and a fine of 20,000 euros ($27,355 Cdn).

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