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Love padlocks (also known as Love Locks) are a custom by which padlocks are affixed to a fence, gate, bridge or similar public fixture by sweethearts to symbolize their everlasting love.
And Venice is the perfect place to do it
A bit of the History:
Love padlocks have existed for quite some time, though there are no certain sources for their origin. In Europe, love padlocks started appearing in the early 2000s. The reasons love padlocks started to appear vary between locations, and in many instances are unsourced. However, in Rome, the ritual of affixing love padlocks to the bridge Ponte Milvio can be attributed to the book I Want You by Italian author Federico Moccia, who later made it into the film-adaptation Ho voglia di te.
Similarly, an attribution for the bridge Most Ljubavi (lit. the Bridge of Love—now named after the love padlocks) in Serbia exists, where they can be traced to even before World War I. A local schoolmistress named Nada, who was from Vrnjačka Banja, fell in love with a Serbian officer named Relja. After they committed to each other Relja went to war in Greece where he fell in love with a local woman from Corfu. As a consequence, Relja and Nada broke up their engagement. Nada never recovered from that devastating blow, and after some time she died as a result of her unfortunate love. As young girls from Vrnjačka Banja wanted to protect their own loves, they started writing down their names, together with the names of their loved ones, on padlocks and affixing them to the railings of the bridge where Nada and Relja used to meet.
Yummy Italian Food
Yummy Italian Ice-Cream!
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We also visited a very nice exhibition “Future Pass” split in 2 different venues:
Future Pass explores the relationship between the creative energy of contemporary art in Asia and the rest of the world.
Abbazia di San Gregorio
Migrating Era. 2008
Installation, stainless steel
Inside the room:
Kuso – Little Yellow in the Middle of Rice Field. 2007
Single channel video
Here are some photos I took from this show: (you can check all the artists clicking the links I posted above)
We also visited this instalation by Artist Oksana Mas for the Ukrainian Pavilion, titled Post-vs-Proto-Renaissance, is made of coloured Easter eggs