So, I have been immersing myself in Italian cinema and fell in love with a movie called “Ho Voglia di Te” (I Want You) based on the novel of the same name. As you can probably guess by the title; it’s a love story…the kind that we seem to only dream about. But does that kind of love only have to exist in our dreams?
Love…whether short lived or for eternity…is a very powerful thing. In true “life imitating art” fashion…il lucchetti dell’amore (the locks of love) made popular by the novel turned movie is a remarkable expression of the power of love. The Ponte Milvio is one of the oldest bridges in Rome and if you were to go there today you will most likely be amazed by the lampposts entangled with layers of chain link holding hundreds upon hundreds of locks. It seems like a romantic idea….a couple in love…goes to the bridge….fastens a lock with their names written on it to a lamppost and then in an act of true love throw the key into the Tiber…forever. I’m a romantic at heart…I still believe that THAT kind love and romance exists and when I see images of the lampposts completely covered in these “love locks” its heart warming. Sure you can easily say that most of those locks were probably young love, lust, or just some guy trying to get in some girls pants…but I do believe that there are just as many locks that are symbolic of a couples true and lasting love for one another.
The idea has grown so big that the bridge itself was in danger…the lampposts couldn’t hold the weight of the sheer volume of locks. The police have had to cut the locks off the lampposts…only to return again in a couple days to have them completely covered again. In a world that can sometimes be so overpoweringly negative the idea of il lucchetti dell’amore is uplifting and although it was dreamed up by an author…it must have had some impact on it’s readers who have now taken the pages out of the book and brought them to life.
Image from Ho Voglia Di Te