Rome, 25 Nov. (AKI) - Italian students protesting cuts in spending for Italian schools on Thursday occupied the ancient Roman Coliseum and the 14th century Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Outside the Roman Coliseum demonstrators marched around the 2,000 year-old monument while Turin's 19th century Mole Antonelliana landmark was occupied by students.
The Italian parliament is debating a bill presented by education minister Maria Stella Gelmini that includes cutting funds to faculties and courses which the government contends attract few students. The government says the resources could be better spent elsewhere.
Prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's conservative government maintains that the cuts will save heavily indebted Italy much needed money and make its education system more efficient.
Critics say funding cuts will lead to lower education standards.