ROME (CBS SF) -- Two tourists from California were caught scratching their initials into the Colosseum in Rome and snapping a selfie.
Police say the women, 21 and 25 years old, left two letters, about eight inches large scratched onto a brick wall on the first wall of the ancient structure, La Stampa reported.
The women apologized for their actions, saying they "did not imagine it was something so serious. We'll remember for a lifetime."
The pair were charged with aggravated damage on a building of historical and artistic interest.
It was not clear if the women would face any punishment.
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