Monday, December 11, 2006

Christmas in Umbria: Gubbio “THE WORLD’S LARGEST CHRISTMAS TREE”

Gubbio, PG - From 7th December to 10th January
The Christmas tree outlined on the slopes of Monte Ingino is lit up every year on 7 December, the evening before the feast of the Immaculate Conception. It is the largest Christmas tree in the world and it has become a symbol of the town of Gubbio.
The “tree” stretches from the last stone houses on the edge of the town up to the Basilica of Sant Ubaldo (Patron Saint of Gubbio), where the star crowning the tree shines until 10 January. Consisting of four hundred meters of lights, the tree both heralds Christmas and makes Gubbio a record holder with a place in the Guiness Book of Records.