When in Rome, do as the Romans do — and that includes keeping out of the city’s 400-year-old fountains.
Three tourists have sparked major social media outrage this week after they were spotted taking a dip in the Fontana dell’Acqua Paola to cool off on an unusually hot day. The women, who so far have not been identified, wore nothing but their swimsuits as they splashed around in the waters, and quite a few locals are pretty upset over it.
“‘It is very hot but the fountain of the Janiculum can not become a pool [for] tourists,” online magazine Trastavere wrote on Twitter. “Rome deserves more respect!”
Among the tweet’s responses, people called the women disrespectful and rude for using the ancient monument as their personal swimming pool. On the other hand, quite a few people seemed to think the whole thing was pretty harmless and that it actually might help draw attention to the monument’s history.
Either way, these girls definitely got to bring home an experience they’ll never forget.