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Ecuadoran tourist cited for writing names on Roman Colosseum

Associated Press logo Associated Press 11/04/2017
A woman walks past a writing inscribed on a wall inside the Colosseum, Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Italian police say a tourist from Ecuador has been cited for inscribing the name of his son and wife and the year, 2017, on Monday, April 10, 2017 inside the ancient Roman Colosseum. Carabinieri Major Lorenzo Iacobone said the tourist was observed in the act of vandalism by an official tour guide, who reported it to police. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) © The Associated Press A woman walks past a writing inscribed on a wall inside the Colosseum, Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Italian police say a tourist from Ecuador has been cited for inscribing the name of his son and wife and the year, 2017, on Monday, April 10, 2017 inside the ancient Roman Colosseum. Carabinieri Major Lorenzo Iacobone said the tourist was observed in the act of vandalism by an official tour guide, who reported it to police. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

MILAN — Italian police say a tourist from Ecuador has been cited for inscribing the names of his son and wife and "2017" inside the ancient Roman Colosseum.

Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi denounced the alleged vandalism in a Twitter message on Tuesday, writing "Rome deserves respect. Whoever harms the Colosseum, harms all Romans and all who love the city."

Carabinieri Major Lorenzo Iacobone says the tourist had been spotted by an official tour guide, who reported it to police. Photographs show the tourist carved the names on a wall that had been similarly defaced many times over.

It will be up to a judge to determine a penalty. In the past, tourists cited for defacing the ancient arena have been handed fines as stiff as 20,000 euros ($21,000).

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This story has been corrected to change the name of Rome mayor to Virginia Raggi not Vriginia Raggi.

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