Police questioned the women before citing them for “aggravated damage to a building of historic or artistic interest,” Italian state news agency ANSA reported, according to Reuters, which added:
The women were not identified in the reports, and it was not immediately clear whether they would have to pay a fine.
“We’ll remember for a lifetime,” their apology continued, according to a translation of the Italian newspaper report.
So, this is certainly not the best tourist behavior, but it’s also not unheard of. Here’s a quick look at similar cases of tourists behaving badly across the globe.
Just leave things as you found them, guys.
The Colosseum: Part II
This isn’t the first time the Colosseum has been vandalized, of course. This isn’t even the first time in the past year. A few months ago, in November, a Russian tourist was fined after slicing a “K” onto a wall at the site. (See the “K” here.)
And that guy was just the latest in a string of recent Colosseum vandals.
Out of six million annual visitors, five have been stopped by police this year for scrawling on the amphitheatre. An Australian and his son were caught, as well as a teenager from Brazil and another from Canada. The minors escaped being fined because of their age.
“If an ear is cut off, then an ear gets cut,” Mayor Edmunds Paoa said in a radio interview after the incident, according to the Independent. “Eye for eye, tooth for tooth: That would be my form of justice.”
Egypt’s Luxor Temple
In 2013, the parents of a Chinese teenager apologized for his act of vandalism at an ancient temple in Egypt, telling reporters that their son eventually came to understand the gravity of his actions.
The teenager etched “Ding Jinhao was here” into the Luxor Temple, and a photo of it later spread online. It didn’t take long for the Internet to track down the person responsible, and his family spoke out.
“We want to apologize to the Egyptian people and to people who have paid attention to this case across China,” Ding’s mother said in Modern Express, a local newspaper.
Ding has realized the seriousness of his misconduct, according to his mother.
His father said they felt regretful after news about the case was spread online.
Taking pieces from Stonehenge is also not okay, although apparently officials used to be pretty cool with it.
In 2008, however, someone reportedly used tools to knock away a small piece from one of the stones. Authorities believed the culprits were after souvenirs.
“Damaging an ancient monument is a serious [offense] and we take this type of damage extremely seriously,” a police spokesman told the BBC at the time. “We are determined to identify the offenders and bring them to justice. As this is a tourist area we would also be interested in anyone who may have taken photographs of this incident.”