A man has been fined hundreds of pounds after walking 280 miles after an argument with his wife in violation of coronavirus shutdown rules.
Hailing from Como, Italy, the cooking husband walked 40 miles a day and told police he had taken a trek to calm himself down after an argument with his partner.
The 48-year-old was detained by police who found him in the seaside town of Fano on the Adriatic coast, days after he stormed out of his home.
And he was promptly beaten with a € 400 (£ 360) fine for breaking curfews after his field trip across the country.
According to local reports, the unnamed man was “extremely tired” 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 found she had reported him missing a week earlier.
Italian news outlet II Resto del Carlino claims the man said, “I came here on foot. I ate and drank because the people I met along the way offered me water and food. I’m fine.”
As the man was wandering around at 2am, he violated strict curfews from 10pm to 5am in Italy.
And his wife was fined when she came to pick him up.
Italian authorities are struggling to contain Covid-19 by 2020, with the Mediterranean country being one of the hardest hit by the virus earlier this year.
Local residents have become angry this weekend with the news that travel between cities will be banned during Christmas, over fears that the cases could reignite if Italians are allowed to move freely across the country.
An angry Italian told The Guardian: “Christmas is very important to Italians.
“This is what we do – we get together with family, with friends, and we eat.
‘I’ll go and have a look [my parents] this weekend for a few days, but I don’t know if I can travel before December 20th. In Italy our traditions are very important, you cannot just take them with you. “
Others called the travel ban “a slap in the face of families and their feelings.”