A movie-like moment was captured on camera when a Saudi tourist unloaded his sports car from Rome’s iconic Spanish Steps.
According to NewsweekThe incident happened earlier this month. In the footage, the tourist is seen driving along the Spanish steps, apparently lost and confused. He was also seen halfway down 135 steps, coming out of the car with a torch to examine the situation around him more closely. Then, a 37-year-old foreign national, whose name was not released, chased his hired Masrati off the stairs and fled the scene.
The Saudi tourist rented a car in Milan and later went to Rome. His illegal tactics have caused material damage to the monument.
According to CNNIn a statement, Rome’s Heritage Protection Agency said the car had crashed on the 16th and 29th steps of a right-handed flight over Spanish Square. It added that some marble fragments were temporarily reattached “to allow pedestrians to reopen immediately for transit”.
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Further, the statement added that cultural heritage technologists are assessing the economic damage of the accident, considering that they have found “extensive chipping, scratches, abrasions and deposits” on both second-tier ramps responsible for the same incident.
On Facebook, police said the 37-year-old man was apprehended by police a few days after returning the car at Milan Malpensa airport. With the help of the video, police were able to locate the car and wait for it at the car dealership at the airport. The luxury sports car suffered some damage from the steps, which helped officials identify it when the man returned it.
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Saudi tourists have now been accused of damaging cultural heritage and monuments. He will have to pay a fine for repairing steps and sports cars.