An American couple traveling to Rome, Italy, broke into the Colosseum and was caught drinking beer and fined more than 1 million won.
According to foreign media such as the BBC, an American couple in their 20s sneaked into the Colosseum at around 5:30 a.m. local time on the 15th local time and was caught drinking beer from the second floor of the building while looking at the nearby ruins ‘Foro Romano’.
After receiving a report from a passerby, they admitted to the trespassing and accepted a fine of 800 euros (about 1,070,000 won).
The American couple reportedly told local police they wanted to “experience the thrill of drinking beer inside a World Heritage Site”.
The Colosseum is currently only open to tourists from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Colosseum, an amphitheater with four floors above the ground and a capacity of 50,000 people built in AD 80, is one of Italy’s representative cultural heritages. The Colosseum, which attracts 6 million tourists annually, is known for its historical value and symbolism, as well as severe punishment for sabotage by tourists.
If you are caught damaging the Colosseum building, you can be fined up to 2,000 euros (approx.
It is not known how these couples broke into the Colosseum. However, it is known that there was no act of destroying or damaging the heritage.
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