The world's tallest Christmas tree in Gubbio, Umbria, Italy

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If you are in the Gubbio area of Umbria any time between mid-December and mid-January, and you think you see a huge Christmas tree -- but a really huge Christmas tree -- don't worry, it's not your eyes playing tricks on you. There is indeed a massive albero di natale conjured up from 450 colored lights and 12 kilometres of cable, cunningly placed all the way up the slopes of Monte Ingino, which towers above the city. Topped by a star that can be seen all the way from Perugia, some 50 kilometres away, the 800-metre high, 400-metre wide tree has been a typical yuletide feature of Gubbio since 1980. In 1991 the Guinness Book of Records named it "The World's Tallest Christmas Tree."

by Roberta Kedzierski

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