Internet identifies ‘a**hole’ who carved initials into Rome’s Coliseum — now Italian police are hunting him

A tourist who sparked outrage in Italy after he carved named into the ancient walls of the Coliseum has been identified by online sleuths as a fitness trainer from the UK, The Telegraph reported.

Ivan Dimitrov, 27, a fitness instructor and delivery driver originally from Bulgaria who lives in Bristol, was recently captured on video etching his name and his girlfriend’s into the brick wall.

He used a set of keys to carve the words “Ivan + Hayley 23” into the wall in full view of people who were passing by.

“Are you serious,” the person recording the video can be heard saying. “Stupid a**hole.”

Comments appeared on his Facebook page after word got around that he was the vandal. His Facebook has pictures of himself in the gym and one of the captions described the “transformation” of his clients.

“Is that how you transformed the Colosseum too?” one person wrote.

“Can you help me with my upper body strength as well? I heard your penmanship is on point,” wrote another.

Italian police are currently trying to locate the couple, who are believed to still be vacationing in Italy.

‌“It is just the man who is accused of scratching his name into the Colosseum, she is not part of the investigation,” a Carabinieri officer told The Telegraph, adding that “there will be a trail once the man is found.

If convicted, Dimitrov faces a fine of up to €15,000 (a little over $16,000) and a prison sentence of up to five years.

Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.