A town in Sardinia ordered motorists and hikers to avoid Google Maps to navigate local roads after too many people got lost and stranded by using the popular app, according to a report.
“Too many sedans and small cars get stuck on impassable paths, sometimes even off-road vehicles too,” Baunei Mayor Salvatore Corrias told the Italian news agency ANSA.
“All this because you follow the suggestions of Google Maps which, on our roads, are often misleading,” said the mayor in the Ogliastra region of the second-largest island in the Mediterranean.
“The old paper maps are better,” he added. “Or better still, use an expert local guide from our area.”
Several hikers have gone missing and many vehicles got stuck in the impassable narrow roads of the Supramonte area after being led astray by using Google Maps, the mayor said.
Signs have been put up warning people: “Don’t Follow the Directions of Google Maps.”
“We are putting them up everywhere,” Corrias told ANSA, adding that the council also has complained to Google about the errant directions.
Last year, 144 people were rescued by emergency services after getting lost in the area, including two hapless tourists in a Porsche who ended up stuck on a narrow mountain pass, according to Il Messaggero.
Baunei is situated in a rugged and mountainous part of the province of Nauro in northeastern Sardinia, which is famous internationally for its white sandy beaches.
Sardinia is not the only place in Italy where wayward tourists get into trouble using Google Maps.
In Venice, despite myriad road signs in English and Italian warning tourists that they can’t drive in the historic city, several visitors still cause chaos each year by trying to drive alongside the canals, according to The Local news site.
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Post.