Fined €900 for washing feet in Roman fountain
Tourists pay the price for dipping feet into a historic public fountain
Two Danish tourists have been charged with two fines of €450 while on their travels to Rome, according to The Local.
The local police stopped the woman, 60, and the boy, 17, on Easter Sunday at the Fountain of the Two Seas, located in close proximity to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.
City authorities reported that the pair were found sitting with their legs submerged in the fountain up to their knees. "When asked for ID, the two tourists were surprised, convinced that a 'footbath' was allowed," the city hall said in a statement. "The woman, very annoyed by the steep penalty, said that she would protest at the Danish Embassy."
This incident followed an earlier arrest of an Italian man who was caught taking a nude swim in the iconic Trevi fountain last Wednesday, causing police presence to increase and fines issued for trespassing.
There has been a total of ten trespassing violations this year, following 48 such crimes last year.
The Italian's capital saw an increase in security over the Easter weekend, with officers monitoring Rome's ports, train stations, popular tourist sites and airports.