In Italy, a group of German tourists destroyed an expensive statue in an attempt to take a photo.
A group of tourists from Germany destroyed a 150-year-old statue
A group of tourists from Germany destroyed a valuable sculpture during their stay at the rented Italian Villa Alcheo in Viggio, Lombardy.
The owners of the villa filed a complaint with the police against 17 German tourists who, during the rental of the building, destroyed the statue of a woman called Domnia, created by the famous sculptor Enrico Butti. The cost of the statue is estimated at 200 thousand euros.
Two tourists climbed into the fountain to hug the statue and take pictures next to it. At that moment, a third tourist approached and hit the statue with a stick, causing it to fall and shatter. The incident was captured on a CCTV camera installed in the courtyard.
The villa manager said that the restoration of the statue would be very expensive, and the bowl of the fountain was also damaged. He noted that the tourists bear full responsibility for what happened, as they were forbidden to climb into the fountain.
The Cultural Adviser of the Lombardy region, Francesca Caruso, added that the group of tourists, who had already returned to Germany, would have to compensate material damage caused to artistic and cultural heritage