Some of Italy’s best-known tourist attractions have been targeted by students protesting about funding cuts.
In Pisa, dozens of students forced their way into the Leaning Tower, while others formed a cordon to prevent tourists from entering. A banner was unfurled on the tower. In Rome, students occupied parts of the Colosseum, unfurling banners and letting off flares.
It was the second day of demonstrations – the previous day, students had managed to force their way into the Italian Senate in Rome.
The protests were the latest in a wave of demonstrations against austerity measures in Europe. In London, there have been two big demonstrations against a proposed increase in university tuition fees, with some violence and damage.
by Andy Moreton