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09/11/2012 11:58 am ET

Ponte Milvio Love Locks Banned By Roman Authorities (PHOTOS)

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 2007 Rome's then-mayor introduced a €50 fine for people (mostly romantically-inclined couples) who were found attaching locks to the bridge, the BBC reported.

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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