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Ponte Milvio Love Locks Banned By Roman Authorities (PHOTOS)

09/11/2012 11:58 am ET

Roman authorities have announced plans to remove "love locks" from Ponte Milvio, a famous bridge that spans the Tiber River, constructed around 200 BC.

Couples were inspired by the 2006 Federico Moccia book "I Want You" to decorate the bridge with love locks, according to The Guardian. However, the city "decided to remove them to restore decorum to the bridge," local borough president Gianni Giacomini told the paper.

In response, Moccia told Italian paper La Repubblica, "The removal of the locks is inconsiderate...Rome is handing Paris 'the bridge of love' tradition, which was born here and should stay here."

Other European cities have similar "love lock" traditions including Paris, France; Venice, Italy; and Cologne, Germany.

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