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Published on : Friday, July 29, 2016
Clearly, there are two groups of tourists – one who asks the local folks and interact to find the way in a new place, other (mostly the millennials), depend on ‘Google Maps’. This much dependable friend misled two tourists who drove their Fiat through a pedestrian area of Venice. A pedestrian was almost hit by the car along the Grand Canal and on asking, the reason for the accident had this bizarre 21st century excuse of Google Maps! Following the hit, the locals confronted the confused visitors who said that they were trying to reach their hotel which were supposedly two kilometres from their point of drive. “Google Maps sent us this way” is what one of the tourists said.
Cars are banned in Venice, where gondolas and water buses are the preferred modes of transportation after walking.
There are plenty of signs in Venice which warns the visitors not to drive their cars into the historic city. However, it is definitely not, what keep the tourists from driving. Another local media reported that two tourists were stopped by police last month when they drove their Mercedes into Venice.
It’s alright if you get confused and lost in a new city but being blind to what the Google Maps instruct is a bit too much.