GPS typo sends pair of Swedish tourists 400 miles off course

By Calvin Palmer

Two Swedish tourists aiming to visit the Italian paradise island of Capri ended up 400 miles off course thanks to misspelling the name in the car’s navigation system.

Instead of scenic views of the azure Mediterranean, the pair found themselves in the industrial landscape of Carpi in northern Italy.

Angelo Giovannini, a spokesman for Carpi Town Hall, near Modena, said today the couple drove into the main square last week and asked the local tourist office how to reach Capri’s famed Blue Grotto sea cave.

Giovannini said: “Although Capri is an island, they did not even wonder why they didn’t cross any bridge or take any boat.”

He said the middle-aged couple, who were not identified, arrived from Venice and later set off to their planned destination in the Gulf of Naples, southern Italy.

[Based on a report by the Associated Press.]

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