Dutch tourist defaces Herculaneum wall. Image from naples Carabinieri

Dutch Tourist defaces Herculaneum wall

By Region Culture News Southern Italy

A 27-year-old Dutch tourist was arrested for defacing an ancient Roman monument. The incident occurred in the historic city of Herculaneum, near Naples.

Other visitors to the ancient city of Herculaneum saw the Dutch tourist writing graffiti with a black marker pen on a wall.

Herculaneum, like Pompeii, was destroyed in 79AD by the eruption of Vesuvius. It is now an important archaeological site and tourist destination known for its well-preserved remains under the lava and ash.

An Italian culture ministry spokesperson strongly condemned the act of vandalism and promised the man would face the full consequences of the law. The ministry expressed dismay over the damage done to their cultural heritage and stated that such behaviour targeting their cultural possessions must be severely punished.

Fines recently increased

In response to this incident, and other acts of damage to historic sites, the Italian parliament recently raised the maximum fine for damaging a monument from €15,000 to €40,000.

This decision came following a series of protests at iconic locations like the Trevi Fountain, the Florence baptistery, and St. Mark’s Basilica by climate change activists.

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