Italian police today arrested a local man suspected of vandalising a fountain in the city’s landmark Piazza Navona and attempting to deface the capital’s beloved Trevi Fountain. They said the man, 52, had admitted breaking off two heads of winged dragons from the Fountain of the Moor, the second most-famous work in the square after Renaissance master GIan Lorenzo Bernini’s Four Rivers Fountain.
Police said they identified the man from CCTV footage of the vandalism, which took place in the early hours of Saturday. They said his heavy build and the distinctive white soles of his gym shoes had given him away. At the time of his arrest the man was wearing the same clothes as on Saturday, police said, and was still exhibiting signs of “confusion”.
They did not say whether this appeared to be due to mental problems or the use of drugs or alcohol.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.