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Swedish couple miss Italian isle after GPS blunder
Globe and Mail
July 28, 2009

Aiming for the southern island of Capri, they follow typing mistake to the northern industrial town of Carpi

Two Swedes expecting the golden beaches of the Italian island of Capri got a shock when tourist officials told them they were 650 kilometres off course in the northern town of Carpi, after mistyping the name in their GPS.

?It's hard to understand how they managed it. I mean, Capri is an island,? said Giovanni Medici, a spokesman for Carpi regional government, told Reuters on Tuesday. ?It's the first time something like this has happened.?

The middle-aged couple, who were not identified, only discovered their error when they asked staff in the local tourist office on Saturday how to drive to the island's famous Blue Grotto.

?They were surprised, but not angry,? Mr. Medici said. ?They got back in the car and started driving south.?

The picturesque island of Capri, famed as a romantic holiday destination, lies in the Gulf of Naples in southern Italy and has been a resort since Roman times.

Carpi is a busy industrial town in the province of Emilia Romagna, at the other end of Italy.
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