Roma (CNN) – Two American tourists have been fined and briefly banned from the historic center of Rome after damaging the Spanish Steps in the city with electric scooters.
The incident, which was captured on security cameras, comes less than a month after a Saudi man was arrested for allegedly driving a rented Maserati sports car down the 18th-century landmark, and also causing damage.
Police said tourists aged 28 and 29 were stopped by a patrol around 2:45 a.m. local time on June 3 after a scooter was thrown down the stairs, also known as the Trinità de Monti.
“A couple of American tourists launched a scooter three times down the stairs of the Trinità dei Monti, damaging the third to the last travertine step on the second ramp on the side towards the ascent to San Sebastianello,” a statement from the city’s Capitoline Superintendency informed the Cultural Heritage Office on Thursday.
The couple were both fined.
Rome Capital Police
It said the incident loosened a 10-centimeter (four-inch) piece of marble and valued the cost of restoration at € 25,000 ($ 27,000).
The two were fined € 400 each, “in accordance with the provisions of the city police regulations,” police said.
The woman was also charged with a complaint of damage to a monument property, when at one point she deliberately threw the scooter she was driving down the stairs, police said.
The man and the woman were banned from visiting the area around the steps for two days, the police say.
In May, border police arrested a 37-year-old Saudi man at Milan International Airport after a rented Maserati was run down the stone stairs and left.
The car caused two-step fractures and widespread “” chips, scratches, abrasions. “
The Spanish Steps are among Rome’s most famous monuments. They owe their name to the Spanish embassy at the Holy See which is located in a palace in the square below.
A two-year restoration of 1.5 million euros of the landmark – which has appeared in a number of films, especially the 1953 “Roman Holiday” starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck – was completed in 2015.
Top Photo Credit: Roma Polizia Capitale
CNN’s Sharon Braithwaite and Livia Borghese contributed to this story