A hapless US tourist could face a hefty fine after breaking off a finger from a 14th century statue in a Florence museum.
The unnamed American was reportedly attempting to measure the finger from the Vergine e all’Angelo Annunciatore (Virgin and the angel announcer) when part of its little finger broke off.
The mishap damaged the statue by Giovanni d’Ambrogio at the city’s Museo dell’Opera del Duomo.
Despite apologising for causing the damage, the tourist could reportedly still face charges to repair the break.
Timothy Verdun, head of the museum, said: “In a globalised world like ours, the fundamental rules for visiting a museum have been forgotten – that is, ‘do not touch the works’.”