Date
21 August 2017
It wont be Venice without the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge. But an important symbol for lovers will cease to exist if a public campaign succeeds. Photo: Internet
It wont be Venice without the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge. But an important symbol for lovers will cease to exist if a public campaign succeeds. Photo: Internet

What’s one Venice bridge compared with everlasting love?

Couples hoping to seal their love in Venice will have to get used to losing an important token of their romance.

If a public campaign succeeds, they will be barred from attaching padlocks to Venetian bridges as a symbol  of love.

Reason: the structures are too fragile to cope with the weight. Which bridge, mind you, can withstand centuries of lovelocked burden?

But to put it bluntly, such a show of loving commitment is not at all a sweet gesture or an expression of a unique sentiment but something that is totally banal.

That is why, having said that, Venetian writer Alberto Toso Fei is throwing his support behind the Unlock Your Love campaign.

It’s the second time Venice has tried to crack down on love locks, according to BBC News.

In 2011, it targeted people who sold the locks and failed, so it’s going straight to the heart of the problem.

Love locks have grown into a global trend, with cities such as Paris and Sydney also trying to tackle the problem.

Chicago has been systematically cutting off padlocks to stop them falling off and hurting someone when its movable bridges are lifted for boat traffic.

Meanwhile, workmen in Venice are removing some 20,000 padlocks from the Ponte dell’Accademia bridge which spans the Grand Canal.

But seriously, what’s one bridge compared with everlasting love?

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