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Two tourists set off a mass brawl on Friday evening in a fight to secure the best selfie location in Rome - a coveted spot in front of the famed Trevi Fountain.

A 19-year-old Dutch woman and a 44-year-old Italian-American woman pulled hair and pushed each other in a dispute over the spot at around 7.30 p.m., according to local police.

Soon after, their respective families got involved. Officers said a total of eight people were involved in the fight, and nearby officers had to call reinforcements to restore order.

Police said the brawl involved five under-18s. They posted photographs of the incident on Twitter and Facebook.

The fight ended and the participants parted ways with bruises, but no serious injuries, police said.

The dramatic Baroque fountain, built in 1762, is named after the Trevi district of Rome. It is one of the most famous sites in a city packed with must-see monuments.

Instagram is full of Trevi Fountain photos, shared under the hashtag #TreviFountain. This one shows popular Instagrammer Hayley Andersen.

Last year Mayor Virginia Raggi, said people caught picnicking on the fountain, putting their feet in the water or going for a swim would be fined up to €240, the Guardian reported. Trip Advisor ratings put the fountain at number seven in the list of best places to visit in the eternal city.

Here's the full police statement (in Italian) on the Corpo di Polizia di Roma's Facebook page: