Motorist Takes a Turn Into Forbidden Grounds


Pompeii is an ancient city in southern Italy and it’s one of the most preserved Roman towns. Once a thriving and sophisticated Roman city, Pompeii was buried under ashes after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The preserved site features excavated ruins of streets and houses that visitors can freely explore on their feet.

The fragile site does not permit motor traffic. A 33-year-old Australian tourist decided to disregard the rules and take a ride through the city of Pompeii on his motorcycle. He entered the site through a trade entrance on Porta Vesuvio. The motorist followed closely behind other vehicles into the site while the barrier was up. Then the man continued to ride along the preserved Roman roads unchecked.

Ignorance is not bliss, as the tourist claims he did not know that the site was off-limits to motorcycles.

Security staff stopped the rule breaker and held him till the police officers arrived at the scene. The Carabinieri, which is the police and armed military force in Italy, let the confused tourist off the hook. They seized his scooter and slapped his wrist as a form of punishment.

The ride lasted a short duration for this motorist as the officials stopped his motor journey after a few minutes. If he wants to explore the rest of the ancient ruins, he is forced to ditch the motorcycle and walk the distance.


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