Two tourists fined £670 for sneaking into Colosseum to have a drink

Two American tourists are paying for a hefty drinks bill after a night out in Italy at a 2,000-year-old landmark.

The travellers ignored warnings to be fit with a £670 (€800) fine after trespassing into Rome’s iconic Colosseum on Monday.

They reportedly snuck in during the early hours of the morning with beer to enjoy the stunning detail of the almost 2,000-year-old landmark, according to the BBC.

The two men, who were reportedly in their 20s, had been travellers visiting the capital and taking in the sites of the city.

Unfortunately, entry to the famous Colosseum is banned overnight.

The pair’s antics were only spotted and brought to the police’s attention after passers-by noticed them on the second level of the structure.

After being alerted by people on the street, police reportedly caught up with the two men once they had left the Colosseum.

Speaking to CNN, a spokesperson for Rome’s carabinieri police force said: "During the early hours of Monday morning some people noticed two young men drinking beer in the Colosseum, facing outwards on the second level.

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"They alerted a police car nearby, which then stopped the two young men on Via dei Fori Imperiali."

This is not the first time Italy has had trouble with tourists in the capital after an American man and an English woman were fined for cavorting in front of the famous Trevi Fountain.

Although the fine is hefty for having a drink, if the two had caused damage or vandalised the landmark, the punishment could have been so much worse.

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For anyone found to vandalise the Colosseum, you could be faced with a jail sentence and a hefty fine in the tens of thousands.

The Colosseum is still one of the biggest tourist attractions in the country with approximately 7.6 million people visiting in 2019, before the Covid pandemic.

The gladiator stadium was the biggest of its kind during the Roman Empire, and saw tens of thousands come watch the brutal battles and other events.

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