Tourists brawl in Rome for selfie spot

Two women started out a steamy fight at the famous fountain in the Italian capital

Tourists brawl over prime selfie spot at Rome’s Trevi Fountain

Two female tourists spurred an eight-person brawl at Rome's iconic Trevi Fountain after they came to blows while trying to capture the ideal selfie at a prime spot in front of the monument.

The quarrel reportedly started after both wanted to take their selfies at a prime spot in front of the monument, and at the same time.

As Italian newspaper La Repubblica was the first to report, the two tourists - a 19-year-old Dutch woman and a 44-year-old Italian-American - argued over the space, with their respective family members eventually getting involved.

They had a heated exchange of words before a physical fight, and then their family members joined in.

Two police officers intervened to try to end the fight, but their truce only lasted a few minutes.

The Trevi Fountain is the largest baroque fountain in Rome and one of the most famous fountains in the world. Two police officers briefly managed to quell the scrap.

According to the Guardian, the fight happened at a time of day when the light from the sun makes the fountain a ideal backdrop.

The tourists were only slightly injured, suffering bruises, in Wednesday evening's incident. It has appeared in several notable films, including La Dolce Vita and Roman Holiday.

Thousands of visitors flock to the Trevi Fountain, designed by architect Nicola Salvi, each year.

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