Two American women, aged 21 and 25 wrote their names on the Colosseum, a 2000 year old building in Rome. They used a coin to carve their names into the brick.

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They then took “selfies” with the vandalism.

Other tourists saw the girls and reported them to the police. They have now been arrested and charged with “aggravated damage of a building of historical interest”.

The women have said sorry for their action and that they did not realise how “serious” the crime was. They thought it was a bit of fun.


Vocabulary: coin (n), to carve (v), brick (n), selfie (n), vandalism (n), to report someone to the police (v), to charge someone with (v) aggravated (adj), damage (n+v).

Story and Photo: The Metro