ROME AND THE MILVIAN BRIDGE

THE MILVIAN BRIDGE IS KNOWN AS THE PLACE WHERE THE LOVE LOCKS TRADITION SPREAD AROUND THE WORLD.

Ponte Milvio, which is located in Italy’s Rome, is an ancient bridge that connects Cardinal Consalvi and the Milvio Square. It was built between 110-109 BC. The Milvian Bridge, which has been witnessing history for centuries, is known as the place from where the love locks tradition spread around the world.

Everything began with a novel
Everything began when the Italian author Frederico Moccia Tre Metri Sopra Il Cielo published his novel titled “Three Meters Above the Sky” in 1992. In the novel, two sweethearts confess their love for one another and then write their names on a padlock. For their love to remain illuminated for a lifetime, they hang it around a lamp post on the bridge; they throw the key into the Tiber that runs under the bridge so their love will be forever. Ever since, many couples who were inspired by the novel hang their love symbols around this post on the bridge and throw the keys into the river.

The tradition that began at the Milvian Bridge inspired by the novel spread around the world. Nowadays, it is possible to come across the couples who want to symbolize their love this way on many other bridges in many other cities. The Pont des Arts over the Seine in Paris, the Hohenzollern Bridge over the Rhine in Cologne, Love Padlock trees located at the observation deck of N Seoul Tower, The Love Padlock Tree over the Vodootvodn Canal in Moscow, Mount Huang in China, the pedestrian bridge over Mala Strana in Prague, the Butchers Bridge in Ljubljana, and the Brooklyn Bridge in New York are among them.

Padlocks removed due to damage
The weight of all padlocks had the ancient Milvian Bridge face the increasing risk of collapsing. The authorities decided to remove all padlocks by force. Love did not listen to the authorities, of course. Couples still keep hanging their love symbols around the Milvian Bridge.