If last year the lobby of the luxurious Kempinski Hotel Bahia hosted the most expensive Christmas tree in the world, you should know that since 1991 Italy has been home to the largest tree in the world. We are in Gubbio, a medieval town in Umbria already known for its cultural, historical and artistic value, and its Christmas tree represents a symbol of peace and brotherhood. The decoration is managed by a group of volunteers along the slope of Mount Ingino, at the foot of which the city of Gubbio is located. The tradition has been kept alive since 1981.
Entered in the Guinness Book of World Records since 1991, the Christmas tree has a base of 450 meters and extends for over 750 meters on the slopes of Mount Ingino. It starts from the medieval city walls and reaches the basilica of the patron saint St. Ubaldo on top of the mountain. It covers a total area of about 130 thousand square meters. To understand the size, imagine a row of 30 soccer fields. More than 300 bright spots (8500 meters of electrical cables) outline the shape of the tree; While over 400 multicolored lights give life to what is “the greatest spectacle of our country and the world“.
Furthermore, this year, the lighting of the Gubbio tree has an even more significant value. 40 years have passed since the first installation. For this special event, the mayor of Gubbio, Filippo Stirati, was invited to press the switch to switch on together with Bishop Luciano Paolucci Bedini.
And so on 7 December at 6.00 pm, the largest tree in the world was lit, illuminating the eyes of thousands of spectators. The event was streamed on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram channels. The largest tree in the world can be admired until 10 January 2021.