Italian cops hunt for UK tourists who stripped off in fountain near war monument

British tourists are being hunted by Italian police after they stripped off and posed for photographs in a fountain next to one of Rome’s most iconic landmarks.

Footage shows the men splashing around in the water and one man can be seen removing his underwear.

Tourists can be seen filming the men as they jokingly pose for photographs while flexing their muscles.

The incident took place at the famous Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland) national monument in the Italian capital which commemorates the country’s war dead.

Police are searching for the culprits after a tour guide filmed their fountain frolic and posted it to YouTube, garnering nearly 40,000 views in 24 hours.

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In the video footage, two men – reported as British by local media – are seen posing for photos in the fountain wearing only their briefs.

As summer sunshine pours on the Rome monument, several friends can be seen dipping their feet into the water and taking photos of their semi-naked pals.

One of the men pulls his underwear down and stuffs his genitals between his legs to pose naked for photos.

Numerous visitors walk past the giggling Brits as they continue to misbehave outside the iconic monument, built to honour Italy’s unification.


The site is positioned between the Piazza Venezia and Capitoline Hill and holds the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier which includes an eternal flame, built in memory of the fallen soldiers of World War I.

Local authorities prohibit behaviour that damages or disrespects its famous landmarks and police are trying to track down the misbehaving tourists.

Police in Rome have released a picture of the men frolicking in the fountain and said officers are "carrying out all the necessary checks to trace the authors of the gesture, which seriously offends the national sentiment and memory of the fallen to whom the monument is dedicated".

It comes after two Canadian tourists were fined £404 (€450) for swimming in the Trevi fountain at 5am on August 13.

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And last month, secondary school students from Wales broke a priceless artifact while on a class trip to Florence.

Italian news website La Nazione reported the students climbed onto the ledge of the 16th century Renaissance tabernacle of Madonna and the Child after a toy parachute got caught in it.

It was reported that one boy, aged 15, climbed onto the shoulder’s of a classmate in order to retrieve the toy but the monument gave way under their weight.

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