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Of Love and Padlocks

November 4th, 2010

On my recent trip to Florence, Italy to attend a wedding (of course) I discovered something completely new to me: love padlocks.

The custom basically has lovers affixing padlocks to railings and chain links along (generally) a pier or bridge and throwing the key into the water. This act is supposed to symbolise the unbreakable bond between the two sweethearts. Sometimes, one or other of the dewy-eyed pair will write their name(s), the date or even a small message on the padlock they affix. Or they may even paint the brass in pretty bright colours. It makes for quite a sight, these clumps of padlocks bristling like mad metal hedgehogs from the railings, or stretching out in heavy chains that look like they’ll soon collapse from the weight.

I was introduced to this curious phenomenon by a friend, with whom I took a lazy walk around the old part of town the morning after the wedding. I first spotted it by the little marvel that is the Ponte Vecchio and then again all along the Arno and on the other bridges.

It seems that the Fiorentine authorities tried to stamp out the practice back in 2006. Clearly, they failed.

A few shots below.

Shot on the wall along the Lungarno Archibustieri.

A never ending chain…

The above was shot from the Ponte Alle Grazie, with the Ponte Vecchio in the background.

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