Actress fined for La Dolce Vita fountain stunt

Italian actress Valeria Marini has been fined €160 for stepping into Rome's Trevi Fountain in a bid to mimic a scene from Federico Fellini's 1960s classic, La Dolce Vita.

Actress fined for La Dolce Vita fountain stunt
Valeria Marini (R) by Nicogenin/Wikimedia Commons/Anita Ekberg in La Dolce Vita (L)

Rome's authorities were furious after Marini waded into the Trevi Fountain, just like the film's protagonist Sylvia, played by Anita Ekberg, as part of a shoot for a TV show to promote Rome's International Film Festival, which is currently taking place.

The sight attracted the attention of many bemused tourists, who watched as Marini, wearing just a black minidress, and the show's host, Alessandro Di Sarno, braved the autumn temperature to recreate the iconic scene on Monday afternoon, reported.

But the authorities were less impressed with the 2013 version of the stunt, with Dario Nanni, President of the Commission of Public Works, describing the performance as “inappropriate” and “damaging”.  

“Others might be encouraged to emulate her, thus jeopardising the safety of Rome's monuments,” he added.

Both Marini, who describes herself as an “actress, showgirl and fashion designer”, and Di Sarno, were fined €160.

Nanni also criticized national broadcaster Rai, saying it should not allow its programmes to encourage the violation of rules and safeguards put in place by authorities.

La Dolce Vita, also famous for coining the term 'paparazzi', follows seven days in the life of a dissatisfied Roman journalist, Marcello, who is infatuated by the glamorous Sylvia.

Marini mimicked Ekberg's sensual moves and repeated the phrase 'Come here' to Di Sarno, although they chose not to re-enact the famous kiss in the fountain.

Watch the original scene from La Dolce Vita:

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Body of missing American tourist found in Rome’s River Tiber

The body of a missing 21-year-old tourist was found in the River Tiber on Thursday morning, according to media reports.

Body of missing American tourist found in Rome's River Tiber

Elijah Oliphant, from Dallas, Texas, was on holiday with his family in Rome when he went missing several days ago.

Oliphant’s parents reported his disappearance after he left his hotel room shortly after midnight on May 24th and did not return.

Hotel security footage showed him leaving the premises wearing a white undershirt and pyjama bottoms, which he was wearing when he was found.

Oliphant’s corpse was reportedly spotted by passersby near the Ponte Sisto bridge in Rome’s Trastevere district around 10am on Thursday morning. His body was positively identified by his parents.

Members of the fire brigade and river police who recovered the body say there were no obvious signs of violence, but an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Trastevere police are reportedly investigating the matter.

The Oliphant family had arrived in Rome for a holiday on May 23rd. When Elijah went missing the following day, his parents launched an urgent appeal to help find their son.

His disappearance was featured on the missing persons television show, Chi l’ha visto (‘Who’s seen them?’) on May 25th.

Several foreigners have been found drowned in the Tiber in recent years, though there are no indication that any of the incidents are linked.

In 2016, the body of 19-year-old American student Beau Solomon was recovered from the river.

Rough sleeper Massimo Galioto was charged involuntary manslaughter in the case, but was ultimately acquitted in 2020.

Prosecutors said that Galioto pushed Solomon in the course of a violent argument. Galioto’s defense team acknowledged that the two had argued but said the student had accidentally slipped.

In May 2019, 37-year-old Imen Chatbouri, a former athletics champion from Tunisia, was found dead in the Tiber after a night out. CCTV footage later showed she had been pushed from the Ponte Sisto bridge.

A then-26-year-old man whose advances she had rejected earlier that evening was convicted of her murder in November 2021.