A pair of American tourists have been fined and banned from Rome's historic city center after they reportedly damaged the city's iconic Spanish Steps, Italian officials say.
- "A couple of American tourists launched a scooter three times down the steps of Trinità dei Monti, damaging the third-to-last travertine step of the second ramp on the side towards the climb of San Sebastianello," reads a statement issued on Thursday by the Capitoline Superintedency cultural heritage office. The statement goes on to reveal the scooter dislodged a four-inch chunk of marble, which will cost an estimated $27,000 to repair.
- It's unclear how much the unidentified visitors, ages 28 and 29, were fined.
- Have people lost respect for history?