The Italian parliament has finally approved a law that introduces harsher penalties for those who damage monuments and cultural sites.
The new draft law provides for fines of up to €40,000 for those who damage monuments and up to €60,000 for the destruction of cultural heritage. Current fines range from €1500 to €15,000, Reuters reports.
In recent years, activists of the Italian organization Ultima Generazione have been painting graffiti on the walls of the Colosseum in Rome and painting the Grand Canal in Venice green.
In this way, they sought to draw attention to climate change issues. Tourists who scratch out inscriptions on landmarks will also be fined.