Man breaks Covid curfew, walks 400km to 'get away from his wife'

Ash Cant
·2-min read

A man was picked up by police after breaking a Covid curfew and walking hundreds of kilometres following a fight with his wife.

On December 1, a police officer doing roadside checks to make sure people were complying with the Covid curfew found a man walking alongside a national road in Italy alone at 2am.

Although the 48-year-old man was tired and cold, he was well-orientated, news publication Resto del Carlino reported and he was taken to a police station.

A man has walked more than 400km over a week, following an argument with his wife. Source: Google Maps/Getty Images
A man has walked more than 400km over a week, following an argument with his wife. Source: Google Maps/Getty Images (file picture)

The man had walked from the province of Como in Italy to Fano in a week, which is more than 420km away and Resto del Carlino reported the man had walked about 65km a day.

The man’s wife even reported that he was missing in Como, after he had walked out of the family home following an argument with his wife.

He told the police he was “just a little tired” and said he had travelled the distance solely on foot, earning him the nickname of ‘Italy’s Forrest Gump’.

The man was put up in a hotel to rest, though his wife did have to pick him up, along with a fine of 400 euros ($650) for breaking curfew.

Italy was one of the first epicentres of Covid at the start of the year and now there have been more than 1.6 million confirmed cases across the country and more than 58,000 deaths.

The country-wide curfew was introduced last month and was meant to ensure people did not leave their homes between 10pm and 5am.

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