Spelacchio will remain a memory: this year the Christmas tree, which is already being set up in Piazza Venezia, will be decidedly larger and illuminated. The choice, for this end of 2021, fell on a Nordmanniana Abies, the Caucasian fir, 25 meters high. The tree, typical of the areas around the Black Sea, will be adorned with hundreds of lights to stand out, in the evening and at night, in the historic center of the capital. The technicians are now rearranging the branches which, as in previous years, had been narrowed in order to reach the tall fir, while the flowerbed is already equipped with the barrier for the new pedestrian path.
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The installation will be completed next weekend to arrive at the inauguration, traditionally on the day of the Immaculate Conception (8 December), together with the lights already created by Acea in via del corso and in Piazza Venezia itself. The tree – supplied by a nursery company in Casnate con Bernate, in the Como area – will remain there until 6 January.
The Christmas fir is paid for by the Capitol, for a cost of 169 thousand euros, with the FAO – the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – which will act as a de facto sponsor, given that no private company (complicit also the pandemic phase still in progress) participated in the tender that had been launched by the former mayor Virginia Raggi. FAO will set up 17 gifts under the Christmas tree, which represent the objectives of the international organization “for a new generation without fame”.
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Goals ranging from zero to the search for partnership, through attention to education and health and to the climate. A curiosity: the tree is supplied by the same company as the one that will be exhibited during the Christmas holidays in Piazza Duomo, in Milan. Hoping that this time that of the Eternal City – the first to be inaugurated by the new mayor Roberto Gualtieri – will not look disfigured in comparison with the brother of the Lombard capital. Instead, the fir of St. Peter’s Square comes from Trentino, and more specifically from Andalo: 25 meters high, with 80 quintals of hard bark and needle-like leaves, it is 113 years old and from 10 December, it will be lit in the Vatican to celebrate Christmas.