Tourist who defaced Colosseum says he wasn’t aware it was ancient

The tourist who infuriated a nation when he was captured scratching a love note into the Colosseum has apologized, claiming — with embarrassment — that he didn’t understand the history of the Roman monument.

In a letter addressed to the city’s prosecutor and mayor, Ivan Danailov Dimitrov, 27, wrote that he was aware of the seriousness of his actions and apologized to the people of Italy and the entire world for causing the damage at the UNESCO World Heritage site.

“By damaging the Colosseum, I acted with frivolousness, flippancy and incivility, to the detriment of other visitors,” he wrote in Italian in the letter, which was translated by The Washington Post. “I have no excuses.”

“I am profoundly embarrassed to admit that it was only after this sad incident that I began to appreciate just how ancient this monument is,” he wrote.#



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