A 48-year-old Italian male, frustrated by an argument with his wife, walked for 450 km (280-mile) to calm his nerves. He was then arrested and fined by the police, for flouting COVID lockdown norms.
His walk started in Como, in the north of Italy, and ended 450 km (280 miles) south in the small town of Fano on the Adriatic coastline.
He seemed to be surprised to know that he walked so far.
On preliminary checks, the police found out that he had been missing for a week; and his wife had filed a missing persons report in Como a week earlier.
The man is said to have told the police, "I came here on foot, I didn't use any transport". He said "along the way I met people who offered me food and drink".
"I'm OK, just a bit tired," he said, having averaged 60 kms daily.
Even though the man appeared lucid, he was cold and tired.
He admitted that he didn’t realise how far he had walked during his long hike to clear his mind, the report said.
The man’s wife arrived to collect him after being informed about his whereabouts by the police.
She confirmed to the police that he had indeed walked out of their home in Como, after the two had an argument a week before and she had not seen him since then.
The man was asked to pay the 400 Euro (approx. Rs 35,000) fine he incurred for breaching COVID-19 overnight curfew.
Italy issued a nationwide curfew from 10pm to 5am to reduce its second wave of coronavirus cases.