Lock your love and throw away the key

Happy belated valentines day to you!

Last Saturday was actually the first time that I celebrated San Valentino with Cartcart due to the both of us being in a long distance relationship for the past four years. It was a simple date, just the two of us spending time together in Trastevere and then watching a movie.

Rinaz with Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli
Rinaz with the poet Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli

We watched the curious case of Benjamin Button. Granted that it was in Italian, nevertheless I still enjoyed the movie as well as Cart’s company for the entire day.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Il curioso caso di Benjamin Button

In any case, if you are in Italy around San Valentino, it would be hard not to notice Baci Chocolates for sale. There are so many of them in different sorts of packaging – some wrapped with flowers, some with bears, some are even in lock shapes.

Baci Chocolates by Perugina
Baci means Kisses in Italian

And this reminded me of the day when Cart and I visited Ponte Milvio a few years ago.

Ponte Milvio

Ponte Milvio is an interesting place where you could see a plentiful of locks on each lamppost. And if you look carefully, on each lock will be the name of a pair of couple.

There is a custom here where you write your name as well as your partner’s name on the lock. Secure the lock on the lamppost and throw the key away in the Tiber River below so that your relationship can never be broken.

I’m still a little cynical about the whole thing, but ah, its for the charm of it all. For those who are not too near to Rome, you might want to do it online! Try to spot my lock near the yellow lights.

So, how did you spend your Valentine’s day?

Sidenote : I think I’m getting used to learning Italian now. Previously I felt like vomitting when I went for class, today I just feel ill Puke

5 Replies to “Lock your love and throw away the key”

  1. That’s quite a charming custom although us practical Singaporeans would probably think its a waste of money and locks! Glad to see that you are having a good time in Italy and enjoying a blissful wedded life there with Cartcart. πŸ˜‰

  2. Happy belated Valentine’s day Rina ! So nice to be celebrating Velentine in one of the romantic places on earth.

    ps : love you boots. Shioknya dapat pakai boots… pat sini kalau i pakai orang ingat i tak betul..

  3. Sylv

    Yay! I am so happy that you saw it πŸ™‚ It took a while for me to spot it myself even … such an odd website … hahahaha!

    Hugs πŸ™‚


    I think each culture has its own charm, in Thailand, if I am not wrong, lovers write their name on a paper boat to be sailed away and in Japan, lovers write their names on a piece of cloth to be tied on a tree.

    In Chinese custom, lovers throw oranges in the sea if I am not wrong.

    And thank you so much for the well wishes πŸ™‚


    Hahaha! Practically everyone here wears boots. I got mine at a discounted price. Hey in January in Italy there is a sale here! You can even get branded stuff like Zara at about 30 euro for their coats!

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