British driver, 81, on his way to Rome to see the pope leave a thousand miles away in Germany after typing the wrong destination in his satnav
- 81-year-old traveled from Newcastle hoping to see Pope in Rome
- But he ended up in Rom, West Germany after typing errors in his navigation system
- Ironically, he forgot to put on the handbrake and knock over a sign for the city
- However, the detour only costs the retiree about two hours' travel time
An 81-year-old traveling from his home in Newcastle to Rome in Italy to see the pope ended up in Germany after blindly following his satellite navigation system.
The OAP, originally from Italy but now living in Newcastle, decided to make a pilgrimage to Rome hoping to see its holiness in the Vatican.
But he wrongly entered the details for the & # 39; Rom & # 39; district, part of a small rural community in the West German state of North Rhine-Westphalia instead of the slightly more famous Italian capital.
The OAP, originally from Italy but now living in Newcastle, accidentally drove his Jaguar (pictured after walking over a sign for Rom) to West Germany after he had incorrectly entered Rome in his satnav
After the navigation system had insisted that he had arrived safely, the confused OAP climbed out of his vehicle, possibly trying to see some of the landmarks that should have been clearly visible, such as the Colosseum or the Sistine Chapel.
In another twist, he forgot to put on his Jaguar's handbrake, which rolled away and eventually knocked over the mark for Rom.
The police were then called to investigate and found the confused man 900 miles from his intended destination.
Police spokesman Monika Treutler said: & The man was on a pilgrimage. He was on his way to Rome, where he hoped to visit the Pope. & # 39;
A police spokesman said the man, who is not mentioned, realized that something was wrong when he could not see any of the landmarks he expected, since he should be in Rome
She added that the man, who was not mentioned, realized that something was wrong when he could see none of the landmarks he expected, given that he had to be in Rome.
The Italian man can also be confused by the fact that Rome is written Roma in Italian and Rom in German.
Police said the car had come to a halt after hitting the board but did not appear to have been seriously damaged, although an ambulance had been called to check on the pensioner.
Fortunately, despite the detour, he had only succeeded in adding around two hours of travel time to his journey.
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