What Italians do for love. By Debbie Monolo Girasole Gifts and Imports









The police of several major cities throughout Italy, the world headquarters of amore, will be on high alert in the coming weeks with Valentine’s Day fast approaching. The most historic and romantic bridges are at risk as lovers seek to symbolically swear undying love and devotion for eternity. Are they jumping? Not at all.

Frederico Moccia’s novel, “Ho Voglia di Te” (I Want You), is credited with this modern phenomenon. He included a scene with two young lovers who vowed their everlasting love by etching their names on a padlock, attaching the lock to the Ponte Milvio in Rome, then tossing the key in the river.

Lo and behold, it caught on and ever since, hundreds of locks appear on bridges and other structures in countless cities throughout Italy. The practice has popped up in Naples, Palermo and Turin. The Trevi Fountain in Rome and the Rialto Bridge in Venice are weighed down with the destructive “love locks.” The homes of Romeo and Juliet in Verona and the Ponte Vecchio in Florence have thousands cut and removed every year.

What’s the problem with this seemingly innocent and touching act of symbolism? Rust, for one. Clamping the padlocks on public icons is such a rage that the most romantic river spots can be loaded up with hundreds in just a few weeks, causing damage to the stonework. Weight, for another. One popular spot reported that the sheer numbers caused a lock-laden lamppost to collapse under the stress.

City officials are up in arms and threaten fines of up to 3,000 euro and one year in prison for the offense, which is categorized as vandalism. Symbols of their cities are being threatened by true love. What a paradox for a country synonymous with the word, amore.


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