Eight tourists were fighting at Rome's iconic Trevi after two women argued about the same selfie place

Two women in Rome exchanged punches and slaps after fighting over who could take a selfie in the same place at the Trevi fountain at the same time

Police broke up a fight at Rome's famous Trevi Fountain after two women could not agree on who could take a selfie there first.

Both families got involved after a 19-year-old Dutch tourist discussed an Italian-American woman, 44, in an altercation that turned violent on Wednesday night.

The women exchanged slaps and punches before the relatives reacted to create a melee of eight people.

Two women in Rome exchanged punches and slaps after fighting over who could take a selfie in the same place at the Trevi fountain at the same time

Two women in Rome exchanged punches and slaps after fighting over who could take a selfie in the same place at the Trevi fountain at the same time

The argument started as words, but soon it became violent and family members became involved

The argument started as words, but soon it became violent and family members became involved

Four policemen were needed to break the scrap

Four policemen were needed to break the scrap

The argument started as words, but soon it became violent and the family members got involved. Four policemen were needed to break the scrap

The incident began as an exchange of words between the two women before becoming a fight.

Reports in Italy said the dispute began when both women wanted to take selfies in the same front row place in front of the Trevi at the same time.

The officers intervened to stop the fight, but a truce only lasted a couple of minutes.

Two other patrol officers were called to finally end the fight that took place before the shocked spectators.

None of the women was accused. Both blunt contusions.

The Trevi fountain was designed by the architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Giuseppe Pannini in 1762. It attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Thousands of tourists visit the tremendously popular Trevi fountain, which gives councilors a headache with problems of overcrowding

Thousands of tourists visit the tremendously popular Trevi fountain, which gives councilors a headache with problems of overcrowding

Thousands of tourists visit the tremendously popular Trevi fountain, which gives councilors a headache with problems of overcrowding

The site became famous with films like Three Coins in the Fountain, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Roman Holiday and La Dolce Vita.

Last year, in measures to preserve the cleanliness of the fountain, officials announced that tourists could be fined € 240 (£ 215) for eating or drinking near Trevi.

Washing or sitting on it is also prohibited.

The councilors are also reflecting on an idea to create a route to bypass the source as a means to address the problems of overcrowding.

Tourists swarm the site night and day to have the opportunity to take a selfie or dip their feet in the water, especially in the summer months.

But legislators want to introduce a unidirectional system where visitors can see the Baroque monument without stopping to stay.

The populist party of the Five Star Movement described the situation as "uninhabitable".

A similar proposal was tested last July, but it fell a couple of months later.

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