"The damage to the monument is notable”, Mariarosaria Barbera, a superintendent at the Colosseum told local news agency ANSA. "The incision cut out part of the surface of the structure and compromises its conservation and image". And as Rosella Rea, director of the monument emphasized to the Guardian, “You cannot write on a historic wall, it’s absolutely forbidden". Well, it's not that you can't... just that you shouldn't.
The 10-inch inscription isn't the first act of vandalism at the Colosseum this year, however; four other tourists from Canada, Australia, and Brazil have all doodled on the ancient landmark’s walls, but escaped paying a fine as they were all minors.
Was that letter K really worth 25k? Probably not.
Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Yes, that's a British accent. No, she doesn't watch Doctor Who. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.