Canadian student stopped after stealing rock from Colosseum
15-year-old said he wanted souvenir of Rome, caught on video17 March, 18:10
The boy, who was on a school trip, reportedly wanted a souvenir of the 1,900-year-old Flavian Amphitheatre, which has frequently been the victim of souvenir-hunters who all want a piece of history.
Police said that in the youth's backpack, they also found a piece of ceramic which appeared to be quite old.
German tourists have twice made the news when they have been caught with pieces of rock - in one case, a 9-kg chunk - from Ancient Rome monuments.
And an American couple once returned a piece of rock they had hacked off the Colosseum 25 years earlier because they felt guilty about the damage souvenir-hunters can inflict.
"Over the years, I started thinking that if all the visitors to that beautiful monument took a piece of it away with them nothing would be left standing," said one.