American woman, 28, is banned from Rome’s 18th-century Spanish Steps for life after she and friend caused $26,000 worth of damage by driving their e-scooters on the heritage site
- The woman was seen at 3.45am on Friday throwing the scooter down the steps
- She and her male companion, 29, were fined $400 and banned from the site
- The 18th century steps have recently undergone a $1.5million restoration
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An American tourist has caused $26,000 worth of damage after hurling an e-scooter down Rome’s historic Spanish Steps.
The incident, which occurred at around 3:45am Friday, was filmed by a passerby, with the footage subsequently going viral after being published by several Italian news sites Tuesday.
The footage shows the unidentified woman, who Italian authorities said was a US tourist aged 28, hurling the rented e-scooter down the steps in a fit of apparent rage.
Police eventually caught up with the 28-year-old and an also unidentified male companion, who is seen in the footage recklessly wheeling his own scooter down the storied stairs, which has been featured in films such as the Greta Garbo-led 1953 Rome-set classic Roman Holiday.
Police said the man was also an American, aged 29.
An American tourist has caused $25,000 worth of damage after hurling an e-scooter down Rome’s historic Spanish Steps
The 28-year-old and her male companion, 29, were fined by police after footage showed her deciding to launch the rented vehicle down the 18th century Unesco World Heritage Site
The pair were reportedly fined $400 by police who tracked down the pair after viewing the footage, which showed her launch the rented vehicle down the steps – which serves as an 18th century Unesco World Heritage Site.
The unidentified passerby recorded the woman struggling down the stairs with the scooter, where, instead of carrying it down, she pushed it and watched it tumble, crashing into the recently refurbished stone.
Police said Tuesday that pair are banned from ever returning to the famous monument, which underwent a $1.5million restoration project in 2015, financed by upmarket jeweller Bulgari.
Police said security camera footage taken from the scene helped cops locate the pair. Lawmen did not release either of the offenders’ names.
It came only weeks after a Saudi businessman, 37, drove a Maserati down the Spanish Steps after ‘taking a wrong turn’.
The tourist told Corriere della Sera: ‘Yes, it was me who drove the car down the Spanish Steps. But I just took a wrong turn.’
The pair are banned from ever returning to the famous monument which underwent a $1.5million restoration project in 2015
He added he did not think it was ‘so serious’ after driving down the famous site.
The businessman had been on his way home with a Romanian woman he had met in a nightclub when he drove down the steps, then tried to reverse back up them.
He was forced to call a tow truck before a passerby helped him get the car back on the road.
The Steps, designed by architect Francesco de Sanctis between 1723 and 1726 and dominated by the Trinita dei Monti church at the top, are a UNESCO site.
The Spanish Embassy is also located at the top of the stairs, lending the site its name.
The Steps, designed by architect Francesco de Sanctis between 1723 and 1726 and dominated by the Trinita dei Monti church at the top, are a UNESCO site
What is a UNESCO World Heritage Site?
A World Heritage Site is an area of particular interest which is given legal protection by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.
The sites must have cultural, historical, scientific or other form of significance and be of ‘outstanding value to humanity’.
The sites can be man-made or natural with 1,154 currently around the world, of which Italy has the most with 58.
Examples include the Taj Majal, Machu Picchu, Serengeti National Park and Stonehenge.