Ouch! I doubt the tourist will ever forget his $26,000 trip to the Colosseum. Without a doubt the Colosseum is the most magnificent site I have ever visited. Tourism is a major component of the Italian economy and I can understand the stance they have taken. Natural environmental elements are taking their toll on the ancient structures without humans adding to the degradation. The Colosseum officials sent a powerful message to would be graffiti artists.