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American Tourists Caught Carving Names Into Rome's Colosseum

Two really inconsiderate American tourists are in big trouble. The women carved their initials into a wall at the more than 2,000 years old Roman Colosseum. An Italian newspaper reports other tourists caught the Americans carving the letters.

The women are both from California, and even snapped a selfie of themselves with the initials right before being arrested. The newspaper says the two may be fined for damaging a building of historic and artistic interest.

Five foreign tourists who were caught carving graffiti on Colosseum walls last year paid big penalties, with one Russian visitor made to pay more than $21,000 in fines.

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