Rome (CNN) — When you’re in Rome, don’t drive a luxury sports car down the historic stairs.

According to police in the Italian capital, a man charged with driving a rented Maserati to the city’s Spanish stairs this week and allegedly damaging a landmark did not seem to notice it.

An unnamed 37-year-old Saudi citizen accused of holding a handle was arrested at Malpensa Airport in Milan after police identified him through a car rental company from images of a car captured by surveillance cameras.

He has been charged with serious damage to cultural heritage and monuments.

Car drivers are facing charges related to damage.

Roman heritage supervision

Video footage of the incident released by police shows Maserati being driven into a pedestrian zone above the stairs throughout the night from Tuesday to Wednesday. The car gets off the first step flight before stopping. After that, you can see someone coming out of the vehicle and investigating the plight.

A Roman heritage group said in a statement that the car caused destruction on the 16th and 29th steps of the right flight rising from Plaza España.

Some marble debris was temporarily reattached “to allow immediate resumption for pedestrian passage,” it said.

“Chips, scratches, scratches”

Heritage experts say the car broke in two steps.

Heritage experts say the car broke in two steps.

Roman heritage supervision

More work is needed to “restore the damaged step by replacing the broken part with a travertine block that is compatible in terms of color and material properties” with the damaged step.

The economy of the accident, considering that cultural heritage technicians also found “widespread chips, scratches, abrasions, deposits on both ramps of the second level due to the same event”. The statement said it was assessing the damage.

The Spanish Staircase is one of the most famous monuments in Rome. Their name comes from the Spanish Embassy of the Holy See, which is held in the Palazzo in the lower square.

In 2015, a two-year restoration costing € 1.5 million ($ 1.6 million) was carried out, sponsored by Bulgari, a jewelry house with a flagship store on Via Condotti nearby.

The Spanish Steps have served as the backdrop for countless film scenes, such as the 1953 film starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, especially “Roman Holiday”.

Top Image Credit: Polizia Roma Capitale