Love locks on Ponte Vecchio in Florence
There are hundreds of love locks on Ponte Vecchio in Florence. Especially the railing of the statue of Benvenuto Cellini is locked to eternal love.
Padlocks symbolizing eternal love can be found in iconic places all over Italy, and of course there are lots on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence Tuscany. Especially, on the railing of the statue of the goldsmith and sculptor Benvenuto Cellini which can seem as a bit of a paradox.
The Man Who Sculpted Medusa
Cellini was born in Florence in 1500 and died there 71 years later, after having worked in most of the great renaissance cities. One of his most famous sculptures can be seen around the corner from Ponte Vecchio in Loggia dei Lanzi. It is the bronze of Perseus proudly presenting the snake haired head of Medusa, while her decapitated body is bleeding by his feet.
In mythology Medusa is known to turn men to stone, and the sculpture is appropriately surrounded by marble statues of Hercules, David and Neptune. Not the best recommendation of an ever-lasting relationship between man and woman.
Not a Model Guardian of Lovers’ Vows
Added to that, Cellini himself was not exactly monogamous. He did not marry until 1562, but was known to have taken some of his female models as mistresses. And he was officially charged and sentenced for the crime of sodomy with both women and men. Some of the passions have been vividly described in a colourful autobiography from 1563, so Benvenuto Cellini may not be a model guardian of lovers’ vows either.
But that does not bother the couples leaving their love locks on Ponte Vecchio in Florence. They still throw the key to the padlock on Cellini’s railing in the Arno as an eternal symbol of undying love. Until the city administration comes by and removes the tokens.
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This post was last update in March 2017