Australian tourist arrested for touring Pompeii ruins on moped branded ‘barbaric’

Australian tourist who drove his moped through the ruins of Pompeii is arrested and branded a ‘barbarian’ by furious Italian media

  • An Australian tourist has been arrested for riding through the ruins of Pompeii on a moped
  • The 33-year-old walked about a mile until he was detained by security
  • The man was called a ‘barbarian’ by Italian media, but he has since apologized
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An Australian tourist has been arrested after he was caught riding his moped through the ancient ruins of Pompeii, Italy.

The 33-year-old ‘barbarian’ was apprehended by security after walking about a mile around the world famous archaeological park.

The tourist claimed he was unaware he was not allowed to cross the 2,000-year-old site which was destroyed by a volcanic eruption in AD 79.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site does not allow passenger vehicles and fortunately in this case the park has confirmed that no part of the ancient city has been visited or damaged.

The man has since been charged with “unauthorized access”.

A 33-year-old Australian tourist has been charged in Italy, accused of riding his moped in the ancient city of Pompeii (pictured)

The park has issued a statement confirming that no damage has been caused to the World Heritage Site

The park has issued a statement confirming that no damage has been caused to the World Heritage Site

The park said in a statement: ‘The route taken is a dirt road outside the old city walls, used by construction vehicles for excavation work.

“It is safe, restored and not accessible to the public. There was therefore no danger for visitors or for the archaeological heritage at any time.

The episode only lasted “a few minutes thanks to the efficient work of security officers and CCTV”, who then detained him until the arrival of the police.

The Australian, described as a “barbaric” by Italian media, later apologized for the incident. Authorities believe he entered the site illegally through the service entrance, which is used by maintenance vehicles.

Earlier this year, a woman and a friend caused damage to Rome's Spanish Steps with their rental scooters, after the woman threw the vehicle down the steps

Earlier this year, a woman and a friend caused damage to Rome’s Spanish Steps with their rental scooters, after the woman threw the vehicle down the steps

The news comes just weeks after two American tourists caused €25,000 in damage to Rome’s Piazza di Spagna by throwing electric scooters into it.

In June, a 28-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man were fined €400 (£338) each after they were filmed ‘deliberately’ throwing a scooter down the 18th-century Trinità de Monti staircase century.

Rome’s heritage protection body said it caused fractures on the 16th and 29th steps of the right staircase.

Due to the woman intentionally pushing her scooter down the stairs, a more formal complaint has been filed against her for damaging the sacred stairwell – an offense punishable by up to a year in prison or a fine of at least €2,050.

A Saudi man was charged earlier this year with attempting to drive his rental Maserati down the stairs, breaking a piece of travertine stone.

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