After researching how the love lock trend has gone out of control in many European tourist areas, I’m happy to report that we barely saw any locks weighing down bridges or monuments when we were in Italy.
I was honestly a little worried that the Venice bridges Mark and Dawn Hawk cleared last spring might be covered again. Thankfully, that was not the case.
We only spotted a cluster (or two) of rusty locks near Piazza San Marco (the eye of the Venice tourism hurricane) and a few stray locks on railings here and there.
It was similar in Rome. There would be up to maybe half a dozen on a random piece of a bridge railing or a lamppost.
Maybe it helped that peak tourist season was over. Maybe word is getting out.
On the other hand, they’re still happily accepting love locks in the Plaza de la Fuente at Sedona’s Tlaquepaque.
We checked it out when we were there in October, and Phillip was impressed with just how heavy a mass of locks can be.