“I didn’t know the Colosseum was so ancient”: the surreal letter of apology from the student who defaced the monument

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“I didn’t know the Colosseum was so old”. Thus expressed the boy, now repentant, who a few days ago with a couple of keys engraved the name of his fiancée on the famous Roman amphitheater, making himself immortal by her in a couple of shots that went around the world. The boy in question is called Ivan Dimitrov, is of Bulgarian origin but lives in Bristol in England, and is 27 years old. To track down the perpetrator of the vandalism was a reporter of Daily Neverl who also managed to sneak into Dimitrov’s apartment under renovation, so much so that he could say that the couple will still be on vacation for another fortnight as planned.

In the meantime, assisted by an Italian lawyer, Dimitrov wrote an apology letter and sent it to the Rome prosecutor’s office and to the mayor of the capital, Gualtieri. “Aware of the seriousness of the committed act, I wish with these linesand address my sincere and heartfelt apologies to the Italians and to the whole world for the damage caused to an asset which, in fact, is the heritage of all humanity”. In the letter, as revealed today by Messenger, there also seems to be a gaffe of very high caliber. Dimitrov wrote: “I admit with deep embarrassment that only after what regrettably happened did I learn of the antiquity of the monument”. In short, in addition to the damage (minimal, however), the insult (huge, unfortunately).

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