A man has been fined hundreds of pounds after walking 280 miles following an argument with his wife – breaching coronavirus lockdown rules in the process.
The seething husband, from Como in Italy, hiked 40 miles a day and told police that he had been trekking in order to calm himself down following an argument with his partner.
The 48-year-old was stopped by police who found him wandering the seaside town of Fano on the Adriatic coast days after he stormed out of his house.
And he was promptly slapped with a €400 (£360) fine for breaking curfew following his cross-country excursion.
According to local reports, the unnamed man was “extremely fatigued” when he was found by authorities – who subsequently couldn’t believe he had walked so far.
When they checked in with the man’s wife, they discovered that she had reported him missing a week earlier.
Italian news outlet II Resto del Carlino claims the man said: "I got here by foot. I ate and drank because the people I met along the way offered me water and food. I'm fine."
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Since the man was discovered wandering around at 2am, he was in breach of Italy’s strictly 10pm to 5am curfew.
And his wife was handed the fine when she arrived to pick him up.
Italian authorities have struggled to contain Covid-19 throughout 2020 – with the Mediterranean country one of the worst affected by the virus earlier this year.
Local residents have been angered this weekend with the news that travel between towns has been banned over Christmas over fears cases could spiral again should Italians be permitted to move freely around the country.
One angry Italian told the Guardian: “Christmas is very important for Italians.
“This is what we do – we get together with family, with friends, and we eat.
“I will go and see [my parents] for a few days this weekend but I don’t know if I’ll be able to travel before December 20. In Italy our traditions are very important, you can’t just take them away.”
Others called the travel ban “a slap in the face to families and their feelings.”
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