Watch: A man drives a Maserati on Rome’s iconic ‘March of Spain’; gets arrested


The Maserati Levante stunt has caused fractures to the 16th and 29th steps of the right staircase of the Spanish Steps in Rome.

By : HT automatic office
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Updated:
17 May 2022, 11:08

Screengrab from a video posted on YouTube showing a vehicle driving down the Spanish Steps in Rome. (Canal Dieci/YouTube)

A 37-year-old man has been arrested by police in Italy for driving a rental Maserati Levante down Rome’s iconic Trinità dei Monti stairs, also known as the Spanish Steps, Sky News has reported. CCTV footage of the incident posted to YouTube captured the black Levante descending the legendary steps in the early hours of the morning. The driver clearly didn’t think much before performing the bizarre stunt.

The Maserati SUV’s license plates were fully displayed and it was easy for local authorities to trace them to a Milan-based car rental company. Polizia Roma Capitale posted on Facebook that they were able to identify the driver of the SUV thanks to the help of the car rental company.

The man was later arrested at Milan Malpensa airport as he attempted to return the car. “With the contribution of the car rental company based in Milan, it was possible to identify the driver, who was arrested at the time of delivery of the car at Malpensa airport,” reads the message. A complaint was filed against him for aggravated damage. cultural and monumental properties.

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The Maserati stunt caused fractures to the 16th and 29th steps of the right staircase and they had to be temporarily repaired to allow continued pedestrian use, the report said. Rome’s heritage protection body said some of the fragments had been reattached to the stairs, but further work would be needed to properly restore them.

The report further noted that there were widespread chips, scratches, abrasions and deposits on both second level ramps due to the incident. However, the intention of the culprit behind this act remains unclear.

The Trinità dei Monti Stairs or Spanish Steps run from the Trinità dei Monti Church at the top to the Piazza di Spagna at the base. Built between 1723 and 1725, these stairs have become one of Italy’s most popular tourist attractions.

Date of first publication: May 17, 2022, 11:06 am IST

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