Brawl at Trevi fountain over selfie spot

Sergio Conner
August 12, 2018

Two groups of tourists brawled over a selfie spot at Rome's landmark Trevi Fountain on Wednesday evening, media reported.

The violent altercation broke out between a 19-year-old Dutch woman and a 44-year-old Italian-American woman vying for the selfie hotspot at the same time.

The argument erupted as both women wanted to take a photo at a precise point close to the fountain - a spot they believed was the best angle to show off the impressive sculpture behind them. The tourists then began pushing each other before the row escalated into slaps and punches. One of the youngest involved was 13 years old, according to police.

Eight people ended up involved in the brawl as a crowd of surprised onlookers stood by. But it soon resumed, requiring the help of two more officers.

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Image: Police were called to break up the fracas. The eight tourists reportedly sustained only bruises and were later charged for the violence.

The fountain attracts thousands of visitors each year to the site, where throwing a coin over your left shoulder is said to guarantee another trip to Rome.

To protect the city's fountains, Rome has been imposing fines of up to 240 euros (about 274 USA dollars) for bad behavior, including picnicking or camping around the fountains, bathing their feet in the water or swimming in the fountains.

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