Goliardia, unawareness, vandalism. Whatever the reason, the cities of art have always been the favorite victims of stunts by Italians and tourists, also because they are the ideal background for videos on social media. Videos that invariably go viral. All this despite fines, bans and urban daspo to ward off potential vandals.
To stop diving into the fountains of Rome, the Campidoglio has introduced hefty fines of up to 450 euros but the phenomenon has not stopped: the most popular for diving remains Trevi Fountainwith many imitators of the Dolce Vita, but also the pools at the foot of theAltar of the Fatherlandand also the Bernini’s Barcaccia in Piazza di Spagna desecrated by Feyenoord fans. The photos of the massacre went around the world.
In the capital we also saw those who exchanged the famous and precious staircase of Trinità dei Monti for a rally to go with a rented Maserati. The protagonist of that crazy enterprise last May is a 37-year-old Saudi engineer who caused damage to the steps for 46 thousand euros and who now risks being prosecuted for destruction and defacing of cultural assets with the risk of convictions ranging from two years years. On those steps, where it is not even allowed to eat or sit, he has seen fit to launch a scooter even a couple of tourists who have been fined 800 euros.
Not to mention the many who want to leave a ‘fundamental’ memory of their passage in the land of art by carving the initials of their name on a wall of the Colosseum, on the marble of the Trevi Fountain, in the Uffizi or on Ponte Vecchio.
Precisely in Florence, last March, the black cloth that covered the copy of the David by Michelangelo in Piazza della Signoria, placed by the municipal administration as a sign of solidarity with Ukraine. Responsible for the stake was a Czech citizen known as a serial smuggler and also for hitting Marina Abramovic in the head with a painting in 2018.
Even one of the most beautiful and evocative places in Sicily, so much so that it was proposed for candidacy as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been vandalized. This is the Scala dei Turchi, the characteristic cliff on the Agrigento coast which was smeared with red by a group of boys.