One of Rome’s most famous landmarks was the backdrop for a vicious brawl Wednesday night — and it all started with a desire to take selfies.
The Guardian reports that local police were called to the Trevi Fountain — the iconic, Nicola Salvi-designed tourist destination famous for appearing in films such as Roman Holiday and La Dolce Vita — after two women came to blows. The reason for the dispute? Both women wanted to use the same spot to take selfies.
As Italian newspaper La Repubblica was the first to report, the two tourists — a 19-year-old Dutch woman and a 44-year-old Italian-American — argued over the space, with their respective family members eventually getting involved. All told, eight people were reportedly involved in the fight, which required four police officers to break up.
The brawlers were reportedly charged in the incident.
The selfie spat came as officials announced their intention to control the swarms of tourists who gather at the historic site, where throwing a coin over one’s left shoulder is said to guarantee a return visit to Rome.
“We’re looking at the idea of having a route which would allow tourists to see the Trevi Fountain but without stopping,” city official Andrea Coia told La Repubblica, according to the Telegraph.
Better take those selfies while you still can — but politely, per favore.
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