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Roman landmarks have been having a rough time of it lately. Rome’s most famous Anita Ekberg rompin’, coin tossin’ fountain will be taking a few rare days off after almost 350 years of continuous work. A recent accident
during the construction of an underground car park in an outlying area of the Eternal City destroyed part of the ancient aqueduct that feeds the fluvial icon.

Trevi may have to be drained, its coins collected, and the water replaced while repairs are made. About 3000 Euros are thrown into the fountain every day by visitors to Roman who long for a return. Others reasons include marriage and divorce. No stats are available on which of those reasons is the most popular.

Well, accidents do happen, but driving down the Spanish Steps? A vacationing 24-year-old Colombian national was arrested for doing exactly that recently. Too many Negronis and Campari and Sodas presumably. Tests showed him to be twice as drunk as the legal limit when he made a pre-dawn left turn onto the steps in his Toyota Celica.

Had he done it in a Ferrari he may have been able to appeal to the Italian’s robust sense of national pride. But a Toyota Celica? Bruto. It’s criminal. And it’s also a story you can tell for the rest of your life. Luckily no one was hurt, just some scrapes on the face of Roman history.

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