A movie-like moment was caught on camera when a Saudi tourist drove his sports car down Rome’s iconic Spanish Steps.
according to this newsweekThe incident happened earlier this month. In the footage, the tourist is seen descending the Spanish Steps, apparently lost and confused. He is also seen getting out of the car with a torch to examine his surroundings, stopping halfway up 135 stairs. Then, the 37-year-old foreign national, who did not wish to be named, unloaded his rented Maserati from the ladder and fled the scene.
The Saudi tourist rented a car in Milan and later traveled to Rome. His illegal maneuvers caused physical damage to the monument.
according to this CNNIn a statement, Rome’s heritage protection body said the car caused fractures on the 16th and 29th stages of the right-hand flight that took off from Spanish Square. It added that some of the marble pieces were temporarily reattached “to allow for immediate reopening for pedestrian transit”.
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In addition, the statement also said that cultural heritage technicians are evaluating the economic damages of the accident, noting that they found “extensive chipping, scratches, abrasions and deposits on both ramps of the second level due to the same incident”. had got.
Taking to Facebook, police reported that the 37-year-old was caught by police a few days later after returning the car to Milan Malpensa airport. With the help of the video, the police were able to identify the car and the car waiting for it at the dealership at the airport. The luxury sports car also suffered some damage from the stairs, which helped authorities identify it when it was returned.
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Now the Saudi tourist has been accused of causing heavy damage to cultural heritage and monuments. He will have to pay a fine for repairing stairs and a sports car.