A Christmas tree in Rome that drew criticism for its unhealthy appearance and high cost has been pronounced dead days before Christmas.
The tree, which was bought for €48,000 (or roughly $57,000) and erected in Piazza Venezia, was given the nickname “spelacchio,” which means “mangy” or “balding” in Italian. It has also been compared to a “toilet brush.”
And it’s a pretty accurate description:
— LauraDeliQuintiliani (@AvvLauraDeliQ) December 8, 2017
— Luca Nobili (@LucaNobili) December 9, 2017
— a b b y (@abbyyhaddoxx) December 20, 2017
Rome's 'dead' Christmas tree, dubbed 'the mangy one', sparks accusations of wasting public money pic.twitter.com/OVWYTPINTC
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) December 20, 2017
A spoof Twitter account for Spelacchio has even been set up, amassing over 5,000 followers:
But not everyone on Twitter was quite so hard on poor Spelacchio. A few were able to find its sad beauty:
— Agnes Crawford (@understandrome) December 19, 2017
— Deimos rocks! (@deimos_rocks) December 20, 2017
Unfortunately, Spelacchio was dead on arrival, according to environmentalists. The tree literally left its roots back in the Dolomites. But that doesn’t necessarily explain Spelacchio’s sickly look.
A spokesperson for the area of Northern Italy where the tree was taken from has said that “despite being technically dead, trees can remain luxuriant for a month and a half, two months,” adding, “It left our valley in optimum condition.”
The symbol of an endless Rome decadence. “SPELACCHIO”, the frail and shabby Christmas Tree of the Eternal City recently set in Piazza Venezia, has sadly died just after a couple of weeks. #italy pic.twitter.com/DtXiaEoMT4
— Antonello Guerrera (@antoguerrera) December 19, 2017
“What happened is that it wasn’t unloaded correctly once it arrived in Rome, which is an extremely delicate operation because there’s a risk of breaking the branches,” the spokesperson explained.
Meanwhile, Twitter mourned the demise of the poor tree:
— Alberto Pizzoli (@AlbertoPizzoli) December 19, 2017
— Giorgia Burzz (@GiorgiaBurzz) December 19, 2017
— Donna Cordova (@DonnaCordova) December 19, 2017
But for Romans looking for a festive tree that isn’t quite so depressing, you can always head over to St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican and check out their gigantic red fir from Poland that clearly survived its trip much better than Spelacchio.
Vatican Christmas Tree it was wonderful to see in person pic.twitter.com/AvrpGThP2k
— MyBoomerLife #WhereAreTheMasks (@MyBoomerLife) December 20, 2017
And as for Spelacchio, it’ll live on forever in our hearts, and continue to haunt our dreams until the end of time.
R.I.P. dear Spelacchio. You were too good for this Earth.
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