14 May 2008

Roman Rituals - lock up your love and throw away the key

On one of Rome's oldest bridges, the Ponte Milvio, teenagers come to prove their everlasting love by writing their names on a padlock and clipping it to a chain wrapped around one of the bridge’s lampposts, then throwing the keys away into the Tiber.

The craze was immortalised last year in I Want You, a romantic novel by Federico Moccia, which has just been turned into a film - you can see the trailer here. Last year one of the lamposts collapsed under the weight of all the padlocks, so now steel columns have been provided.

This article has moved to my new travel blog - you can read it at Heatheronhertravels.com

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