Although I assumed that these locks I photographed in Florence back in 2005 had some love-inspired significance, I never was quite sure. Today I stumbled upon the Guardian story Italy’s bridges weighed down by locks of love, which states the practice started in Venice and was inspired by the novel I Want You by Federico Moccia. It soon moved to other Italian cities and is now springing up in other countries as well, much to the consternation of officials who claim the practice risks damaging the stonework on the bridges.
My advice: if you’re traveling to Italy, visit a bridge and lock in your love…but don’t get caught!
- Venice cracks down on ‘love locks’ (telegraph.co.uk)