In an area known for romance, it's no surprise that people come to Florence in search of love. The city drips romance, with its art and wine. One of the things unique things that happens there takes place on the Ponte Vecchio Bridge.
The oldest bridge in Florence, it has always been a spot where vendors hawked their goods. And somewhere in the middle of that pedestrian traffic, right by that statue, is a spot where visitors try their hand at romance. With locks. They put two locks together, often with a message scribbled on the locks, and toss the key off the bridge and into the water below. Some are looking to seal a romance already found. Others are looking for a lover.
It's something that is practiced in a handful of spots around the world, including Paris' Pont de Arts Bridge. In fact, it's become a bit of an environmental issue in some of those places. And as much as I understand the frustration of city leaders who have to deal with the issue, I can't help but find it completely charming.