Tourist charged after Colosseum vandalised

A French tourist who wanted to, quite literally, leave her mark on Rome has been charged with vandalising the Colosseum.

The 45-year-old woman, who was travelling with three children, allegedly carved her name on to a pillar at the historic landmark on Monday and was arrested a short time later.

According to reports, she scratched “Sabrina 2017” on to a pillar near the entrance with an “ancient coin”, which has been confiscated by police.

The woman has been charged with “aggravated damage to a building of historical and artistic interest”, which, following a law passed in December, carries a punishment of up to a maximum of five years’ imprisonment.

Twenty people have been charged with vandalism at the Colosseum in the last three years. A Russian tourist found guilty of carving the letter “K” into a pillar last year was handed a 20,000 euro fine.