FLORENCE, ITALY – An American tourist on Thursday night (August 23, 2018) wrote a message in English with marker pen on Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence.
The California woman, 29, risks a one-year suspended jail term and a 3,000-euro fine.
It was the second such episode in two days. An Austrian couple on their honeymoon in the Tuscan capital were caught by local police at 1:45 PM on Wednesday writing on the historic bridge.
The 39-year-old woman and 46-year-old man also used a marker to write their names in a heart on a wall of the bridge. They were caught in flagrante, however, and now will face the same penalties as the US tourist. The newlyweds said that they thought it was simply a romantic gesture.
Recently, the municipality of Florence has launched a campaign to all visitors to encourage them to love and respect it. #EnjoyRespectFirenze is the name of a campaign that focuses on correct behaviours to keep once you are in the city.Jeff Ackley