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Female tourists shock Rome locals after stripping off and jumping into 400-year-old fountain

The three female tourists

Locals in Rome have vented their fury after three tourists were pictured stripping off and hopping into a historical fountain.

The women jumped into the Fontana dell’Acqua Paola in their bikinis in a bid to cool down this week, but were caught on camera.

Their lack of respect for the 400-year-old monument led one local magazine to write: “It is very hot but the fountain of the Janiculum can not become a pool… Rome deserves more respect!”

The city is seeing temperatures of 32C this summer, and the image sparked fury online.

One wrote on Twitter: “These [women] are so rude.”

Fontana dell'Acqua Paola
The Fontana dell’Acqua Paola, where the women hopped in

Authorities did not confront the women. They are not being investigated for committing a criminal offense.

And not everyone responded to the pictures with outrage.

Roman Coliseum
The ancient city of Rome is littered with historical monuments

One said on Twitter: “These young girls are giving meaning to ancient remains that are generally ignored!”


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