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  1. This $57,000 Christmas tree in Rome is being dubbed as world’s saddest; here’s why

This $57,000 Christmas tree in Rome is being dubbed as world’s saddest; here’s why

We are just four days away from Christmas and the celebrations across the world are at their peak. However, things are not looking so good for Italy's historic as well as majestic town of Rome. A 65-foot tall Christmas tree that cost $57,000 was set up in the city on December 8 but since then it has been steadily losing needles, literally!

By: | New Delhi | Published: December 21, 2017 1:51 PM
rome, rome christmas tree, Piazza Venezia, Piazza Venezia tree, worlds saddes christmas tree, Piazza Venezia christmas tree, christmas 2017, christmas news A 65-foot tall Christmas tree that cost ,000 was set up in Rome. (Source: Twitter)

We are just four days away from Christmas and the celebrations across the world are at their peak. However, things are not looking so good for Italy’s historic as well as majestic town of Rome. A 65-foot tall Christmas tree that cost $57,000 was set up in the city on December 8 but since then it has been steadily losing needles, literally! The thinning has become so bad that some locals are calling the tree ‘baldy’ while others have dubbed it the ‘world’s saddest Christmas tree’. While some Romans are laughing off the incident, others are furious, using it as a reason to fume at mayor Virginia Raggi, whom Sky News notes is not popular in the city these days.

Things have become so bad that city authorities have opened an investigation to discover why the tree has died so quickly. However, the Rome officials have confirmed that they have no plans to remove it before the holiday. It emerged that the company that transported the tree from the mountains of Trentino in northern Italy was chosen without having to go through a public tender and that it was paid around €48,000 – triple the price paid by Rome last year.

“A lot of money was spent on a dead tree, meaning there is possible damage to the public purse,” the complaint, filed this week, read.

Christmas trees can actually affect the tourism of a country significantly. Last year, the Canadian city Montreal hoisted a hideous 85-foot balsam fir, decorated with Canadian Tire logos, which turned into a social media hit, even earning its own Twitter account.

Knowing when to take advantage of a good thing, Montreal brought back the ugly tree this year, building an entire village around it. “It could become a Montreal tradition – instead of having a magnificent, perfect tree every year, you have one that’s authentic, crooked, a little bizarre with personality that could be super original and a mark of distinction for Montreal,” said Philippe Pelletier, who’s part of the group overseeing the tree.

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