FACEBOOK saved the day when an elderly woman from Malaga spent three days wandering the streets of Rome after getting lost in the Vatican Museums.
Francisca Pulido Diaz, a 72-year-old Alzheimer’s sufferer, had travelled to Italy with her children to attend a ceremony at which one of her daughters, a nun, was renewing her votes.
Francisca’s son and four daughters lost sight of her while visiting the museums, not a hard thing to do bearing in mind they are the busiest in Rome with a reported 5.5 million visitors last year.
The elderly lady, who was carrying no identity documents let alone a mobile phone, was last seen by security cameras leaving the museum buildings and heading towards the Risorgimento square.
The police were informed and the Spanish embassy and Italian RAI television channel shared a photo and description of the missing lady.
Yet she was finally found three days later thanks to a picture that was shared on a Spaniards in Rome Facebook group.
A Spanish lady reported spotting Francisca on Via Giuliu Cesare, close to the Vatican City.
Spanish embassy security officers rushed to the street where they found Francisca and waited with her until she was reunited with her children.
Luckily Francisca appeared to be well after her adventure, although she had no idea where she was and was only able to say she had spent two nights sleeping on a sofa.