Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi has launched an investigation into the poor condition of the $59,000 (Rs 38 lakh) official Christmas tree of the Italian city. The tree, which died and lost its pine needles two weeks after being erected, has been mocked and dubbed “Spelacchio” (mangy) by Romans. People have likened the tree to a toilet brush and planned its funeral.
It’s disgrace. It hurts even to look at this Christmas tree,” One Roman resident said, using an Italian term suggesting it looked like a plucked chicken.
“How can they have put it in Rome, a capital city like Rome,” said the woman, who declined to give her name.
“Rome’s tree is dry, dead on arrival. It’s a metaphor for the state of the capital,” one local wrote on Twitter, while another wondered: “What time does the funeral start?”.