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World Heritage in Rome: Tourist drives a car on the Spanish Steps

2022-05-17T16:26:42.271Z

Rome's famous Spanish Steps are a Unesco World Heritage Site - parts of the structure were damaged when a man from Saudi Arabia rumbled down the steps in a Maserati. The 37-year-old now has to pay.



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A Maserati going astray in Rome.

The luxury car drives down a staircase in the middle of the Italian capital - and not just any staircase, but the so-called Spanish Steps from the 18th century - part of the Unesco World Heritage Site.

After a short descent, the car comes to a standstill.

But the damage is already done, several of the 136 steps of the landmark are damaged.

The driver, a 37-year-old tourist from Saudi Arabia, briefly assessed the situation and later managed to free the Maserati with the help of passersby - he then drove away without reporting the incident.

But when he returns the car at the airport, he is arrested.

According to his own statement, he was not aware that he had committed a crime.

He wants to pay for the damage.

The incident happened last Wednesday, and the police have now released the video recordings.

Cars have driven down the famous steps several times.

In 2018, a driver lost control of his car, and in 2007 a drunk drove down the baroque staircase.

How to better protect the stairs has been discussed for a long time - a road that is not closed to traffic leads past the upper part.

Source: spiegel

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