Locks have long been a symbol of never-ending love. Earlier this month, Frisky reader Charlotte told us about the tradition of couples attaching locks to the Uzupis Bridge in Lithuania and throwing the key in the river below to show they’re stuck with one another forever, and that country isn’t the only one with such a tradition.
In Italy, lucchetti attached to bridges, gates, and barricades have become a bit of a problem. In 2004, after a film showed lovers hooking a padlock on the Milvian Bridge in Rome and throwing the key into the Tiber, the craze took off there and in Florence. It got so out of control that a lamp post almost fell off the Milvian because it was so weighted down with locks. A few years ago in Florence, the city had to remove about 5,500 padlocks from the Ponte Vecchio bridge railing and instituted a $65 fine for attaching new locks. Still, workers couldn’t remove the locks fast enough.Now, the problem has moved to the famous Trevi Fountain in Rome. A year ago, couples started locking their padlocks to a nearby church gate. A priest at the church complained, and thousands of locks were cut. A worker who was cutting off the padlocks said they would be thrown away. It’s a little sad — kind of like ending all the couples’ eternal relationships — but, in a way, attaching locks to a public place is kind of like littering. [Spiegel]