A tourist was arrested driving a moped at the Campanian site of Pompeii on Wednesday. He was immediately arrested by cyber security and the police.
The tourist – who is 33 years old and Australian – entered the site illegally through the service gate, Porta Vesuvio, piggybacking on the vehicles entering, the archaeological site explained in a word.
He was arrested by security personnel a few minutes later, who held him until the police arrived.
He is believed to have walked about a mile before he was caught. The tourist said he did not know the boundaries of the world famous archaeological park.
The park said in a statement that it did not invade or damage any part of the old city.
“The way to go is a dirt road outside the old city walls, used by field trucks for excavation work,” they said.
“It is safe, restored, and cannot be seen by the public. Therefore, there is no danger for the visitors and the archaeological heritage at any time.”
They emphasized that the time “only takes a few minutes to improve the good work of the security guards and CCTV.”
Pompeii is one of the most important, and vulnerable, sites of the ancient world. Erupted in 79 CE, it continues to present surprises in new excavations.
Main image: Parco Archeologico di Pompei