Italy, tourist on the Neptune fountain for selfies: damages for 5 thousand euros
Vita gazette – Another damaged monument. Florence, a German tourist climbs Neptune’s fountain for a photo: damages for 5 thousand euros.
The 22-year-old was identified thanks to the footage from the video surveillance cameras. It was reported based on the new provisions regarding “destruction, dispersion, deterioration, disfigurement, soiling and illicit use of cultural or landscape assets”.
At night, a 22-year-old German tourist climbed the Biancone fountain in Piazza della Signoria to take a selfie but damaged the monument. The horse’s right front leg was injured, which suffered the detachment of some stuccos made in the 2018 restoration, as Palazzo Vecchio explains in a note.
Not only. As emerged after the checks, the upper area of the chariot, made of red marble, also suffered the detachment of a triangular portion of about 25 x 20 millimetres. The damage estimated by the Municipality’s technicians is around five thousand euros. According to the reconstruction of the investigators, it is still explained from Palazzo Vecchio that the tourist climbed over the fence of the Fountain of Neptune and climbed onto the edge of the pool. With a jump, he climbed onto the horse’s leg, reaching the base of the carriage, and, after having some photos taken by his friends, he returned. Going down, he placed his foot again on the paw, damaging it. However, the alarm was triggered only when the young man left the fountain area, allowing him and his friends to lose track of themselves. The 22-year-old was found thanks to footage from video surveillance cameras. It was reported based on the new provisions on “destruction, dispersion, deterioration, disfigurement, soiling and illicit use of cultural or landscape assets”.