Romans not amused by bikini-clad tourists cooling off in ancient fountain
Residents of Rome have expressed their anger after three tourists stripped off at the weekend and were photographed cooling off in an ancient 17th century fountain.
The three women decided to take the plunge in the Fontana dell'Acqua Paola, with two donning bikinis and one a swimsuit. Temperatures in the Eternal City hit over 32C (90F) this week.
The fountain dates back to 1612 when it was was built to mark the end of one of the city’s new aqueducts. Known locally as Gianicolo, the fountain is featured in the opening scene of the 2014 Oscar-winning best foreign film 'The Great Beauty'.
Bathing in fountains in Rome is forbidden by law, and carries a fine of €200 if caught. Photos of the three women were quickly shared by the Twitter account Trastevere RM, which promotes the city through images.
Fa molto caldo ma il fontanone del Gianicolo non può diventare una piscina x turisti Roma merita più rispetto! pic.twitter.com/jbPIoHWghd
— Trastevere (@TrastevereRM) July 8, 2016
“It can't become a swimming pool for tourists,” the account posted. “Rome deserves more respect.” Last year six tourists were charged with indecent exposure after being caught by police taking a late night dip in Piazza Madonna Dei Mon. They received fines in the region of €260 each.