But first a brief pause on the bridge! The other day I hadn’t noticed the love padlocks, all clean, shiny, understated, that were attached to the fence around the statue of the bust of Cellini (1500-71), Italian goldsmith, sculptor, draftsman, soldier, musician, and guardian of the bridge.
“It is not allowed to hang locks to the railing.
As it is ruled by the municipal police, Art 112
Fine 160.00 Euros to transgressors"
That’s $209 for attaching a padlock. Really?
Security is excellent around here, and I’d just as soon have the officials keep it that way. Arresting a couple for declaring their love by attaching a padlock would definitely be a distraction. They can’t be serious about this, can they? And then I look up to see the security police sitting in their van. Were they waiting to arrest me? No, of course not; I travel alone.