Drunken British tourists strip off for Roman bath in famous Italian fountain

September 30, 2015 6:40 pm

 

Victoria Nall, left, and Claire Neale were among the six tourists caught cavorting in the fountain. Photos / Facebook

Six drunken tourists were fined and are facing obscenity
charges after they were caught cavorting naked in a historic fountain in
Rome.
The visitors, architects and environmentalists who were
attending a conference, plunged into the fountain in Piazza della
Repubblica, which is surrounded by five-star hotels and upmarket
restaurants.
Four men reportedly stripped nude while the two
women went topless when they took a dip in the fountain in the early
hours of Sunday morning.

The Fountain of the Naiads in Piazza della Republica. Photo / Getty Images
The Fountain of the Naiads in Piazza della Republica. Photo / Getty Images
Somewhat appropriately, the art nouveau monument,
which dates from 1901, is called La Fontana delle Naiadi, or the
Fountain of the Nyads, and features buxom water nymphs cavorting with
sea monsters.
The spectacle of the drunken British tourists stopped traffic around the busy intersection and passers-by called the police.

One witness said the drunken antics were “hugely entertaining”, adding that it “looked like an orgy in Ancient Rome”.
The
visitors, aged between 25 and 49, were charged with committing obscene
acts in public, ordered to put their clothes back on and issued with
spot fines of 169 ($301) each.
It was just the latest instance of
tourists jumping into the city’s marble and stone fountains – behaviour
which risks damaging the monuments.
In July, with temperatures
hovering around 38C, a group of three American tourists stripped off and
waded into the Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona, one of the
city’s most elegant squares. On the same night, a group of young
Belgian tourists leapt into another fountain, featuring the figure of
Neptune, just a few steps away.
Meanwhile, in Venice on Monday,
police arrested two tourists after they allegedly stole a gondola and
took it for a joy ride on the Grand Canal.
Asked by officers what they were doing, the German tourist and his Polish friend told them: “We just wanted to go for a spin”.

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