Men Dressed As Gladiators In Rome Charged With Extorting Tourists

  • Three men who dress in historic costumes and take photos with tourists in Rome have been arrested by Italy’s State Police. The police allege they extort tourists by demanding money after suggesting taking a selfie.
  • The Questura di Roma, or Rome police department, investigated the men, who typically stand outside of the Colosseum, an iconic ancient amphitheater and popular tourist site in the Italian capital, dressed as gladiators or Roman Army commanders known as centurions.
  • Foreign tourists submitted complaints about the three men in August and September, alleging they took 500 euros – about $525 U.S. dollars – from them, police said in a Facebook post.
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