Tourist Breaks Toe off 200-Year-Old Italian Sculpture While Posing for Photograph

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Visiting a new country is always exciting, and finding the best photo ops is just part of the experience. But one tourist took things a little too far when he decided to climb on one of Italy’s most famous sculptures, resulting in the worst possible outcome.

After the CCTV footage was shared, locals have voiced their outrage at what he did after the incident…

 

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Embarrassing, right?

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But sometimes on a rare occasion, it’s the parents that are to blame…

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Get ready for a serious cringefest…

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However, when a quick photo op turns into thousands of pounds worth of damage, it probably isn’t worth it.

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Tourists don’t have the best reputation.

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Burnt and drunk sums it up pretty well.

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But for one man visiting a museum in Italy, it turned into a complete nightmare.

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A video has been shared of the incident that took place on Friday, and people are shocked by the man’s initial reaction.

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“Paolina Borghese as Venus Victrix,” which is currently in Rome’s Galleria Borghese. However, the sculpture itself dates back to 1804.

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The mishap took place in Possagno, just over an hour outside of Venice.

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After “lying next to the precious work, being photographed by another person.”

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The museum Museo Antonio Canova shared details of the incident on Facebook, with pictures of the incident.

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However, in the picture, the sculpture appears to have lost three toes.

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It was reported that the visitor left the scene immediately without notifying the museum of the breakage.

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According to reports, museum security quickly noticed the damage. “A few minutes later our room guards detected the damage and raised the alarm,” the museum’s statement, translated from Italian, said. “An emergency situation was immediately declared.”

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The museum is currently discussing the artwork’s restoration over the next few weeks.

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The plaster cast originally lost its head after a Christmas bombing raid in 1917 during World War I and was restored years later in 2004.

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But he has reportedly apologized for the incident.

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And quickly moved out of view of surveillance cameras.

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“The really incredible thing is that he had not thought of reporting the incident,” Favero was quoted saying in the report, translated from Italian. “In my eyes, the fact of leaving the sculpture in that condition is criminal.”

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This is all down to a new check-in process where visitors sign their names on entering.

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Local police managed to contact the woman who had signed in the group, which the man responsible for the damage was part of.

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After the call, the police received an apologetic email from the tourist who said he was on the trip for his 50th birthday. Check out the video below…

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“During the visit to the Museum of Possagno, I sat on the statue, without however realizing the damage that I evidently caused,” he wrote in the email, translated from Italian. “I apologize in every way.” Keep scrolling to see why these parents have vowed to pay for a $60,000 statue…

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