Cinque Terre, Via Dell’ Amore and love padlocks.
Via Dell’Amore isn’t infact a street but a coastal path that connects the charming fishing villages of Riomaggiore and Manarola in Cinque Terre. The path is carved into the edge of the rocks and seems to dangle above the deep jade waters of Ligurian sea. The villagers originally called the path “Strada Nuova” viewing it as a convenient and short cut between the villages. Visitors had a more romantic view of this stunning pathway and renamed it Via dell’Amore or lovers' street. Perhaps because of its name modern lovers have put their faith in the railings that protect them from falling into the sea and hang love padlocks from them throwing the keys into the deep Mediterranean waters below. I noticed that some of the padlocks had combinations, perhaps those sets of lovers where hedging their bets.