Rome's Trevi fountain runs red after man pours dye in water

A man identified as Graziano Cecchini pours red dye into the water of the Trevi fountain.
A man identified as Graziano Cecchini pours red dye into the water of the Trevi fountain.PHOTO: EPA-EFE
The Trevi fountain's waters run red.
The Trevi fountain's waters run red.PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Italian police take away a man identified by the media as Graziano Cecchini.
Italian police take away a man identified by the media as Graziano Cecchini.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

ROME (REUTERS) - The waters of Rome's Trevi Fountain, one of Italy's top tourist attractions, turned red on Thursday (Oct 26) after a man dumped dye into the main pool, a city official said.

Police detained the man responsible, a statement from the mayor's office said, as city officials assessed if there had been any damage to the 18th century landmark.

The man was identified in the media as Graziano Cecchini.

The fountain, where tossing a coin into the pool is supposed by superstition to guarantee one's return to the eternal city, is a big tourist attraction in Rome.

Actress Anita Ekberg famously frolicked in the fountain's pool in the 1960 film La Dolce Vita.

"Acts like this demonstrate ignorance and a total lack of civic sense," Deputy Mayor Luca Bergamo said.

Italian media said the culprit was the same person who dyed the fountain red in 2007 to protest the cost to the city of hosting an international film festival.

Thursday's action took place on the opening day of Rome's 2017 film festival.