‘Like a toilet brush’: anger in Rome over city’s lacklustre Christmas tree

Romans are up in arms over the city’s Christmas tree that has been dubbed “Spelacchio”, which roughly translated means mangy or baldy.

The tree, which died and lost its needles two weeks after being erected in the capital’s Piazza Venezia, has become a symbol of what many see as the eternal city’s eternal decay.

“It’s a 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.