Rome christmas tree costs the city more than $50,000, but it turns out the tree is dead.
Rome’s official christmas tree is getting some recent attention, but not for bringing the party mood.
The 70-metre-high tree that is in the middle of the Rome’s main square, the Piazza Venezia, has the nickname “Spelacchio,” which roughly translates to mangy or balding in Italian.
The christmas tree has garnered attention for her wiry arms and the lack of lavish decorations, with people on social media to indicate that the tree looks as though it is already dead.
Prayfor #Spelacchio pic.twitter.com/DSWysaldcu
— Luca Nobili (@LucaNobili) 9 December 2017
Some users even have a Twitter account for the tree, which currently has more than 4,000 followers.
Il vero testo della determina dirigenziale
DEAD OR ALIVE
REWARD € 49.000 pic.twitter.com/gyZYj367sr
— Spelacchio (@spelacchio) 19 December 2017
It turns out that the tree was dead, city authorities confirmed to the Corriere Della Sera.
Officials told the publication of the tree was completely rootless due to the disproportionate costs, it would require to transport it to the roots, although they mentioned that this is common and not per se point to the tree to wither, at the latest.
The suppliers responsible for sending the tree also said that it was in good condition when they sent it out.
“We do not point the finger at anyone, but something happened with that tree,” Stegano Cattoi of the Wooded Technical Office of the Magnifica Comunità di Fiemme, told the publication. “It is clear; he suffered too much stress,” Cattoi added, saying that the trees generally can last for a month to a month and a half in the rootless conditions.
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Because there are so many questions about what happened to the more than $50,000 a tree, city officials are expected to begin an investigation.
This is not the first time that an Italian Christmas tree has caused controversy. Last year, Rome was also the home of the “Temperance Tree”, that was nicknamed “the ugliest in the world” due to his shabby appearance. Rome mayor finally decided to make the tree a make-over with sparkling lights.
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