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Tourist carves his name into Colosseum in Rome

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Watch: Couple carve names into Italy’s ancient Colosseum as hunt for vandals is launched

This is the moment a man was filmed carving names into a wall of the ancient Colosseum in Rome, Italy.

The English-speaking man is seen etching “Ivan + Hayley 23” with a key into the almost 2,000-year-old monument in a video that surfaced last Friday (23 June).

Italians have been outraged by the footage, with culture minister Gennaro Sangiuliano describing the act as a “sign of great incivility.”

Defacing a historical and artistic landmark is punishable with up to one year in prison or a fine of no less than €2,065 (£1,770).

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