Story By: Marija Stojkoska, Sub-Editor: Alex Cope, Agency: Real Press
A French tourist has been caught red-handed graffitiing the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence.
The incident happened at the Ponte Vecchio, also called “Old Bridge”, the famous medieval stone bridge that crosses the Arno River in Florence, the Capital of the central Italian region of Tuscany, in the afternoon of 9th August.
The city council said in a press release that police were alerted by local traders about the incident.
When they arrived at the scene, they found the unnamed woman, a 60-year-old French tourist, writing on the stone bridge and she reportedly admitted her responsibility for her actions.
The woman was accompanied by two other French tourists, who had not participated with her in the act of scribbling, which appeared to be their names, some other writing and a smiley face.
The woman was accompanied by the Guard Corps of The Palazzo Vecchio, the town hall of Florence and a complaint was filed against her for “defacing and soiling”. It is not known what her punishment was and whether she was fined.
According to the Tuscany Official Tourism Website, “Visit Tuscany”, the Ponte Vecchio bridge is one of the most important symbols of Florence, and it is one of the oldest crossings of the Arno River.
The bridge dates from the Roman times, and it has frequently been damaged by floods in the past. It is the only bridge in Florence that was not blown up during World War II.
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