The love padlock tradition has been around for a while, but it became a worldwide craze with the publication of Federico Moccia’s two novels – Tre Metri sopra il Cielo (Three Metres above the Sky) and Ho Voglia di Te (I Desire You).
According to the legend, lovers in Rome who write their names on a padlock, attach it to the third lamppost on the Ponte Milvio’s northern side and throw the key into the Tiber will remain together forever.
Sadly, the authorities in Rome cleared the Ponte Milvio of the love locks in September 2012. Dublin City Council acted quickly in January 2012, cutting off the love locks which had adorned the Ha’penny Bridge.
Featured image: love locks on the Pont de l’Archevêché, Paris by XisPics