It will be inaugurated by the mayor Roberto Gualtieri next 8 December, together with the lights of via del Corso. The Christmas tree of Rome – the one who in the Rays era had arrived with the branches already bare from the Val di Fiemme and who was nicknamed “Spelacchio” for the ugliness of its miserable foliage – is ready to return to the capital and take back its place: Piazza Venezia. The assembly work began today, the workers are assembling the 300 thousand lights that will illuminate it: the tree comes from Trentino and is 25 meters high.
For the purchase, transport, installation, decorations and removal after the Epiphany, the Capitol spent 169 thousand euros. The fir will be the symbol of the fight against hunger in the world. For this reason, at his feet there will be 17 gift packages, one for each of the objectives that FAO (the UN agency for food and agriculture) has set itself to fight hunger in the world.
The expense was entirely borne by the municipal coffers: in fact, no commercial brand took part in the tender launched by the former mayor Virginia Raggi to sponsor the tree.