Brit driver, 81, heading to Rome ends up a thousand miles away in Germany after blindly following sat nav

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A BRITISH driver accidentally ended up in Germany after trying to get from Newcastle to Rome after blindly following his satellite navigation system.

The 81-year-old OAP, who is originally from Italy but now lives in Newcastle, decided to make a pilgrimage to Rome to see the Pope.

The 81-year-old accidentally ended up in Germany after trying to get from Newcastle to Rome

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The OAP realised something was wrong when he could not see any of the famous landmarks he was expecting[/caption]

He was surprised when his navigation system told him he had arrived, despite no signs of any of the famous buildings or architecture.

The OAP mistakenly entered the details for the district of Rom, part of a small rural community in western Germany rather than the slightly more famous Italian capital.

The man, who hasn’t been named, parked up but didn’t put the handbrake of his Jaguar on properly, allowing his car to roll and knock down the sign for Rom.

Police was called to investigate.

Police spokesman Monika Treutler said: “The man was on a pilgrimage. He was on his way to Rome, where he was hoping to visit the Pope.”

She added that the man, who has not been named, realised something was wrong when he could not see any of the landmarks he was expecting, given that he was supposed to be in Rome.


The Italian man might have been confused by the fact that Rome is written Roma in Italian and Rom in German.

Police said that the car had come to a halt after hitting the sign but did not appear to be seriously damaged although an ambulance was called to check on the pensioner.

Central European News

The man parked his car but didn’t put the handbrake of his Jaguar on properly, allowing it to roll and knock down the sign for Rom[/caption]

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