Two German tourists are suspected of covering the Vasari Corridor in Florence, Italy with graffiti. The 460-year-old building, which attracts many tourists, was spray-painted with soccer-related text this week.
DKS 1860. This has been written in black letters on the Vasari Corridor, a building along the Arno River in Florence, since this week. The arch, which you can walk under, is located near the Uffizi Museum in the Italian city.
The black letters indicate a football club from the German city of Munich. Police suspect that two German tourists, aged 20 and 21, wrote the text on the columns of the building. CNN.
The officers were able to identify the two from the video footage. During a search of a vacation home, where eleven German tourists were staying at the time, paint splatters and paint-stained clothing were found.
The fingerprints on the paint cans were compared to those of the eleven Germans. In this way, the police want to know who was involved in the vandalism.
Italian Minister of Culture Gennaro Sangioliano confirms the suspicion of a German couple. He says a total of €10,000 was needed to remove paint from the structure, which is more than a kilometer long and was created by Renaissance artist and architect Giorgio Vasari.
This is not the first time this summer that tourists have destroyed historic buildings in Italy. In June, a man scratched his name on the wall of the Colosseum in Rome. He apologized and said he didn’t know the structure was that old.
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