Love-locked @ Ponte Vecchio | Florence, Italy

florence_love_locksThe Florentine authorities seem to have lost the battle against the lovers’ custom to latch padlocks onto the Ponte Vecchio as a sign of their undying love. After attempts to remove them and prevent new locks from being put up, the bridge is once again covered by lucchetti d’amore, inscribed with the couples’ names. The most popular place to put them seems to be the railings of Benvenuto Cellini’s monument, which are decorated with fleurs-de-lis motifs.

(You can read more about this custom and the love-padlock-covered bridge in Ljubljana here.)

Fleurs-de-lis | Florence, Italy

florence_collageThe fleur-de-lis is Florence’s emblem and can be seen everywhere around the city, from the its coat of arms to the manhole covers and the water drainage grates on the ground. Also known as the Florentine lily, its design is distinguishable from the conventional and widely used fleur-de-lis symbol by the stamens between its petals.