By tradition the World’s Largest Christmas Tree is lit each year on 7th of December and, as with many, we are in town to party. Since 1981 Monte Ingino the hill above our beautiful medieval town of Gubbio is illuminated by over five hundred huge coloured lights.
A team of volunteers start work early October. To erect the 650 metre high tree the guys lay over eight and a half kilometres of electric cable. It is a monumental task. So it merits only the most important people to be given the honour of turning the switch, lighting the tree and initiating a splendid firework display. Just some given the honour in past years are the President of the Republic and the Pope. This year the honour was given to the pilots of the “Frecce Tricolori” Italy’s Airforce formation flyers.
Waiting for the captain to press the switch we congregate in main piazza, witness flag throwing, pageantry, and speeches. Italy and Gubbio certainly know how to throw a great party. A torch-lit procession wends its way down the dark hill from the basilica of S Ubaldo seen in the top of the photo below. The city wall through which the procession passes is seen brightly lit on the right.
Passing by the Palazzo dei Consoli seen illuminated in the photo below the procession arrives with a fanfare in the piazza to be greeted by the ‘Sindaco’ or mayor.
This is the signal for the Captain of the “Frecce Tricolori” to hit the button and eureka! the dark hillside is now a multi coloured display of the World’s Largest Christmas Tree radiates over the medieval town.
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