Rome tourists have been filmed brawling in a viral video after two women began arguing over a selfie spot in front of world-famous attraction, the Trevi Fountain in Italy.

The alarming footage, filmed by astounded onlookers, captures the fight after two families were pulled into the ruckus.

A 19-year-old Dutch tourist came to blows with a 44-year-old Italian-American woman as they both fought to photograph the perfect selfie.

The two woman appear to hit each other repeatedly before both families try to break the pair apart

WATCH: Women savagely fight over perfect selfie position at Trevi Fountain in Rome

The video was posted on Facebook by police who said the women punch and slapped each other.

Eight people in total were involved and the video shows one man grabbing a woman and threatening to punch another as the melee escalated. Three of those involved were under 18.

The fight is understood to have lasted just a few minutes as police arrived on the scene.

However, the fight broke out again before two more officers intervened and ended the brawl once and for all.

The tourists suffered bruises from the incident, which took place on Wednesday. Both have been charged over the fight, Sky News reported

News of the “selfie spat” come just days after a Roman city councillor revealed officials were considering barring tourists from lingering at the monument to combat the fountain’s serious overcrowding, floating the idea of creating a route to pass it by.

Women savagely fight over perfect selfie position at Trevi Fountain in Rome

WATCH: Women savagely fight over perfect selfie position at Trevi Fountain in Rome (Image: Facebook/Corpo di Polizia Locale di Roma Capitale)

Andrea Coia said: “We’re looking at the idea of having a route which would allow tourists to see the Trevi Fountain but without stopping.”

The Trevi fountain, designed by the architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Giuseppe Pannini in 1762, attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Patrols at the site were increased after a £1.4m facelift in 2015.

Earlier this year two Scottish rugby fans were fined £400 each for taking a swim in the fountain.

Officers pulled the men from the waters and cordoned off access to the fountain until 1am to prevent other “tipsy” fans from taking a swim.

Viral video: Women punch and slap each other

Viral video: Police said the women punch and slapped each other (Image: Facebook/ Corpo di Polizia Locale di Roma Capitale)

Viral Video: Other families get involved and join fight

Viral video: The clip shows one man grabbing a woman and threatening to punch another (Image: Facebook/Corpo di Polizia Locale di Roma Capitale)

The men were “cheered on” by a crowd of fellow fans on St Patrick’s Day, after the Scotland rugby team triumphed 29-27 against Italy in the Six Nations.

Rome has recently pledged to crack down on bad behaviour at the iconic fountain.

They are imposing fines on people caught snacking or camping on the fountains’ pedestals, dipping their feet in the water or going for a swim.

The authorities get particularly hot under the collar when tourists try to recreate the scene from Federico Fellini’s film La Dolce Vita.

The classic motion picture shows the late Swedish actor Anita Ekberg wading into the fountain.

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