A tourist damaged a 216-year-old sculpture after posing for a photo.



The Austrian man was visiting an art museum in Italy and posed for a snap sitting on the plaster sculpture of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.

It was revealed that a guard later discovered that three of the sculpture's toes had been broken as a result of the tourist's overambitious photo.

The unnamed man was not identified straight away, but later contacted museum officials after hearing about the incident in the media.

In a message to the museum, he said: ''I apologise in every way.''

Officials thanked the offending man for his apology and revealed that he has offered to make amends for the damaged he has caused.

The museum also said they are working on a plan to repair the sculpture.