“I don’t like it,” mayor Gianni Alemanno said of the conical structure more reminiscent of the Egyptian obelisks that adorn the Eternal City’s many historic squares than of the traditional symbol of the Christmas holiday.
Stefano Pedica, a senator from the Italy of Values party, said: “The tree on Piazza Venezia is the epitome of bad taste.”
Odd Christmas photo of the day A car carrying an illuminated Christmas tree and people dressed as Father Frost, the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus, drives along a road in the suburbs of Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Dec, 6, 2011. (Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)
Odd Christmas photo of the day Birds take to the air as a helicopter flies over the Swiss Parliament building transporting the annual Christmas tree for the Federal square in Bern, November 30, 2011. (Pascal Lauener/Reuters)