Undressing in a holy place, driving a car on a medieval bridge, engraving a name on a monument. These are just some of the offenses committed by tourists in the last 12 months. CNN’s website presented a list of “the worst-behaving tourists in 2023.”
“Italy has long been the epicenter of reprehensible behavior by tourists who treat this Mediterranean country like an amusement park. 2023 started in a predictably grim way when an American was caught driving across the pedestrianized Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence,” CNN wrote. .
He recalled that “the most famous Italian bridge, built in the Middle Ages and then rebuilt to connect Palazzo Pitti with the Uffizi Gallery under the rule of the Medici, who lived in the former and worked in the latter”, and “Ponte Vecchio was allegedly so beautiful that The Germans left it untouched during World War II because Hitler fell in love with it while visiting Mussolini.
The 34-year-old American was fined 500 euros for his actions.
The beginning of 2023 was also not the best for wildlife and cultural heritage. “In February, a Chinese influencer was fined after she live-streamed the cooking and eating of a great white shark – a species protected in China. She was to be fined 125,000 yuan, or $18,600,” wrote the American portal.
“Spring was barely beginning in the northern hemisphere when a Russian tourist caused outrage in March by stripping off to take a semi-nude photo in Bali. Yuri Chilikin – was naked from the waist down during an impromptu photo shoot on the considered sacred Mount Agung, where the Hindu temple complex. Yuri later apologized and called Ni Luh Djelantik, a Balinese businesswoman and specialist in solving tourist problems, to mediate between him and the locals. He eventually attended a ceremony at the temple, where he prayed with Hindu priests. However, this did not block the deportation ” – described the event to CNN.
“In Japan, on the other hand, the authorities cracked down on visitors to the Ghibli Park theme park, dedicated to the work of the popular animation studio – Studio Ghibli. Tourists were allegedly taking ‘indecent’ photos. Photos were published on social media showing men ‘pretending to sexually assault young female characters’ in the park Ghibli,” CNN reported, citing the Singaporean newspaper “Straits Times.”
Florence had a problem with another American tourist. A 43-year-old man was fined €470 for illegally driving his rental car – a bright red Ferrari – into the pedestrianized Piazza della Signoria, the main square of the Renaissance city.
“Venice is used to bad behavior by tourists. In March, one of them jumped into the canal from the top of a three-story building. Mayor Luigi Brugnaro wrote on Twitter that he would give the perpetrator ‘a certificate of stupidity and many kicks’ as soon as he was found,” CNN reported.
It was also pointed out that sometimes it is not an individual who behaves badly, but the entire country. In March, Amsterdam launched the “Stay Away” campaign, aimed at discouraging young Brits from coming to the capital in order to cause chaos during “stag parties.”
“The campaign used targeted ads that popped up to anyone who Googled terms such as ‘cheap hotel Amsterdam’ or ‘pub crawl Amsterdam’. The ads warned would-be noisy travelers that they could be arrested, fined or hospitalized after a party gone wrong,” the American website reported.
Another example reported by CNN concerns a group of “young men” who got into trouble in Britain’s Lake District.
“The area is known for its beautiful panoramas, but for this group the natural beauty was not enough – and they decided to enhance the experience with drugs. Volunteer rescuers were alerted by passers-by and found a group of disoriented hikers,” it wrote.
“An Austrian village was so fed up with tourists taking selfies that they put up a fence to block the view. Authorities in Hallstatt, which is said to have inspired the Disney movie ‘Frozen,’ put up the fence after the village of about 800 residents stayed up to 10,000 visitors,” CNN wrote.
And “on May 20, a visitor to Yellowstone National Park ‘disturbed’ a newborn bison calf, which became separated from its mother and the rest of the herd crossing a river. The man lifted the calf from the river, despite park regulations stating that visitors must remain at least 25 meters away from the animals.” After this situation, the herd rejected the calf, which then began to approach park visitors. It was euthanized by the guards,” the portal reported.
“People don’t always behave badly. An exhausted and possibly injured dog had to be rescued in Britain’s Lake District after it refused to continue walking. A mountain rescue team carried it off the Scafell Pike landmark on a stretcher in just over four hours. The animal weighed 77 pounds (approx. 35 kg) was a lot, but the team of professionals with the stretcher coped with it,” CNN described. “The victim remained calm throughout,” the rescue team said in a statement.
In June, a tourist visiting Rome’s Colosseum was spotted carving “Ivan + Hayley 23.” “He was smiling when he was filmed – but was less perky when police tracked him down just a day later. According to a Carabinieri spokesman, the Briton immediately begged Italian authorities for forgiveness and said he did not know the monument was 2,000 years old. He is now awaiting trial.” – he pointed to the portal.
“Tourists in Italy have not stopped destroying centuries-old heritage. In July, two teenagers were also caught destroying the Colosseum: first a girl from Switzerland, and then a German youth. Both were caught carving their names on the building” – these are other cases described by CNN.
Then there was the case of visitors to British sunflower fields who were asked to stop posing nude. “The owners of Stoke Fruit Farm on Hayling Island, off the south coast of England, have asked visitors on social media to keep their clothes on. Owner Sam Wilson told CNN this is a problem that has become more severe in 2023,” it said.
“Meanwhile in Italy, two German tourists were arrested for painting graffiti on Florence’s Vasari Corridor, connecting the Uffizi Galleries with the Ponte Vecchio. The pair were part of a group of 11 who had arrived in Florence for a football match. The graffiti, predictably, was directed at them team. The damage amounted to over $10,000,” the American portal reported.
He also added that “in the north of the country, a group of German tourists toppled a priceless statue while trying to pose for the perfect photo in Viggiù, near Lake Como.”
“As temperatures soared in Rome, a tourist was caught wading into the Trevi Fountain to fill a water bottle. The woman was detained by authorities. Setting foot in the famous fountain could result in a fine of 500 euros,” CNN pointed out.
Paris didn’t get through the summer unscathed either. In August, two drunk American tourists were found on the Eiffel Tower one morning.
According to the police, they paid to enter the Parisian monument around 10:40 p.m. on Sunday and jumped over the security barriers while entering. They were found in an area usually closed to visitors between the second and third floors of the tower.
“The men were obviously stuck because of how drunk they were,” Paris prosecutors told the AFP news agency. The agency reported that a specialized fire brigade unit was called to rescue unruly tourists from heights.
“In September, Air Canada employees forced passengers paying for a flight from Las Vegas to Montreal to sit on seats still dirty with vomit from the previous flight” – this is another example from the tourist backyard described by the website.
“They placed the ground coffee in a cover on the seat and sprayed perfume to mask the smell. When the visibly upset passengers tried to explain to the flight attendant that the seat and seat belts were wet and there was still visible vomit residue in the area, the flight attendant apologized but explained that the flight was full and she couldn’t do anything,” wrote one of the passengers on social media.
The airline apologized after news of the incident gained traction on social media.
“In 2022, a tourist caused havoc in the Vatican Museums, smashing ancient sculptures. In 2023, this horrific trend spread to Israel, where two Roman sculptures from the 2nd century AD were damaged by an American tourist. Police told CNN that the man knocked over the statues , because he considered them ‘idolatry’. His lawyer, however, stated that the tourist only suffered from the ‘Jerusalem syndrome’ in which travelers are so overwhelmed by history that they break away from reality,” described the American portal.
“In November, an American tourist was banned from entering the Philippines for life after he was accused of writing profanity on an immigration form. Authorities said he ‘entered a fictitious address in the Philippines, did not provide his full name and used vulgar words,'” he reported. CNN.
He explained that according to the Philippine Bureau of Immigration, the 34-year-old was denied entry and placed on the permanent ineligibility list for “disrespectful” behavior. Moreover, authorities said that upon arrival he allegedly “displayed contempt” at one immigration officer when he was reminded to complete an online travel form and threw his passport and cellphone at another.
The passenger told CNN he disagreed with this account. He is the 44th foreigner this year to be refused entry for “disrespectful” behavior, it said.
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