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Rome is a city that exudes History, Art and Culture. Any visitor should include these facets of the city in their trip, but nevertheless, there are some who prefer to vandalize and spoil historic sites rather than appreciate them.
The mistreatment and lack of respect towards ancient monuments, important places and art in the city provokes a continuous battle between the authorities and the criminals. It is not just about cleaning and fixing the damage; Catching the culprits red-handed is the most complicated and requires the greatest effort.
Vandals are stealthy and reserved, waiting for the right moment, just before the guards can see them. Vandalism prevails in the city of Rome, much more than what the Carabinieri or any police force can tackle in the city.
Unfortunately, it seems unmanageable and something like that happens with Pincio Park, one of the hottest spots for art crime in the city. Marble statues of famous Italians are defaced by graffiti or suffer brutal attacks on their noses and other parts of their body, beaten with hammers. The Trevi Fountain It has also suffered vandalism when red dye was thrown into its waters.
Other serious offenses have been directly towards the Catholic Church, storming holy places like the Scala Santa, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the world. Another act of vandalism occurred in 2011, when a man attacked a 19th century statue in Piazza Navona with a stone causing serious damage but thanks to the fact that the pieces were recovered, it could be repaired.
Nobody seems to come up with a solution despite the efforts that have been made recently. What is done is fine anyone who commits acts of vandalism.
It is ironic to think that even though now in Rome they have a problem with graffiti, they were once considered an art form. In fact, much of the art that is preserved and considered as historical heritage now, such as scenes painted in the Gladiator Colosseum, were made by the spectators who attended the Colosseum, but while it was accepted 2,000 years ago, times have changed. Now it is necessary to protect the historical monuments, works of art, statues and architecture around the city.