Near the Ponte Vecchio, I came across a chain covered with padlocks that had couples names written on them. After further research, I read that after the lock is secured, the key is tossed into the Arno river in hopes of getting a lock on love.
Thank you for the explanation!! I saw the same thing in Salzburg a few weeks ago and wondered at the meaning.
Happy to help, Bj! That's fantastic it's in other cities.
The locks used to be clipped onto a fence surrounding a statue of Benvenuto Cellini a famous sculpter, painter and gold smith from the 16th century. The thousands of padlocks were damaging the fence and the city posted a sign stating anyone caught locking something to fence or the bridge would be fined 50 euros. The locks in the picture must be in a place off the bridge, or the city has set aside a location for the tradition to continue. My wife and I after seeing the sign decided to hang our engraved lock on the back of the radiator in our hotel room. We have stayed in the same hotel each time we've visited florence and are curious to see if its still there on our next visit.
What a great story, Zeke! That's fantastic. I'd like to know if it's stil there as well. You'll have to let me know!
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