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Eternal 'love locks' removed from Rome bridge


(ANSA) - Rome, September 10 – The love of amorous couples in
Rome may be eternal, but rusting steel and iron expressions of
it were clipped with shears and carted away on Monday.
Rome town council removed the 'love locks' from the city's
famous Ponte Milvio (Milvian Bridge) following a lengthy row
between those who wanted to clean up the bridge and opponents
who have pushed for it to remain a shrine to eternal love.
Lampposts along the bridge were covered with padlocks after
the success of the romantic book and film, Tre Metri Sopra Il
Cielo (Three Metres Above The Sky) by author Federico Moccia.
Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno announced in December the
decision to remove the accumulation of locks with Moccia and
Gianni Giacomini, president of Rome's 20th borough which the
bridge belongs to.
"We will put up a railing and block off the area with some
street lamps. It will be beautiful," Alemanno said. "They will
be removed periodically."
Alemanno said this would be a good way to protect the city's
cultural heritage while creating an area for a popular modern
tradition for people who come from all over the world to express
their love.
"This is an historic bridge, one of the oldest in Rome and
we need to respect that," he said.
Giacomini had been pressing for the locks' removal for some
time in a bid to beautify the area.
After the release of the Italian film based on Moccia's
book, young Romans started imitating the protagonists, writing
their names on locks and attaching them to the lamp posts while
throwing their keys into the river.
For now the locks will be kept in a warehouse until the
Cultural Assets Supervisory decides what to do with them.
A leading consumer organisation, ADOC, called for a museum
to be established as a conciliatory gesture to house the 'love
locks' and enable young people to share the love stories.
When the craze took off, romantic couples came from all
over the world to immortalise the bridge or express their love
The trend dated back to a similar move to mount love locks
on Florence's historic Ponte Vecchio until they were removed in
The youth craze spread in 2008 when lovers began attaching
locks to a church next to the Trevi Fountain until Rome
officials stepped in and banned the practice.

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