Gubbio and the biggest Christmas tree in the world

A Guinness Christmas tree in the most beautiful medieval city

 

 

Christmas tree of Gubbio

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Did you know that in Gubbio there is the largest Christmas tree in the world? In the Umbrian city every year, the largest Christmas tree in the world is set up by a group of volunteers and has rightfully entered the Guinness Book of Records .

The tree of Gubbio, which measures 750 meters high and 450 meters wide at the base, is actually a representation made with hundreds of lights on the slopes of Mount Ingino and gives a touch of magic to an already beautiful city.

The largest Christmas tree in the world has been lighting up Gubbio since 1981, when a group of volunteers, known as " Alberaioli ", decided to carry out this ambitious work in honor of the patron Saint Ubaldo. The tip of the tree corresponds precisely with the beautiful sanctuary of the patron saint placed on top of Mount Ingino.

 

 

Coloreted square in Gubbio

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During the Christmas period, Gubbio is a favorite destination for many visitors from all over the world who come to admire the gigantic illumination representation, welcomed by numerous events and markets that make Christmas unique in the medieval village. On 7 December of each year, as usual, the lighting of the tree is held during an event that often involves people representing institutional or religious positions.

On 7 December 2020 in Gubbio the lights of this record tree will turn on again and if you also want to participate in its realization, it is possible to adopt a light complete with a personalized dedication at a small price in order to contribute to the costs. If you want to adopt a Gubbio tree light visit this page .

Visitors who come for the tree are often fascinated by what is defined by many as "the most beautiful medieval city" and, among those I have visited, I can only agree with this statement.

 

 

Palace of the consuls in gubbio

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Gubbio is also called the "gray city" because of the limestone blocks with which the buildings are built that manage to give the city a uniform appearance without being monotonous. Guido Piovene called it "sublime monotony"!

The splendid Umbrian city is spread over 5 parallel streets placed on several levels and connected to each other through stairways and alleys. The buildings, built in the classic medieval style, have kept their conditions intact and the numerous coats of arms that color them, give the streets of the historic center a particular atmosphere that seems to take the visitor back in time.

The Piazza Grande, the sanctuary of Sant'Ubaldo, Palazzo dei Consoli and many other places make this small city a real jewel that I highly recommend to visit.

Oh I forgot.. in Gubbio you can also go crazy! Tradition tells that, if a visitor completes 3 laps running around the "fountain of the mad" and then is bathed by the same water, he becomes a citizen of the city, proudly earning the title of "honorary madman of Gubbio"!

 

 

Must see places in Gubbio:

  • Piazza Grande

Piazza Grande is the main meeting point of the city, a medieval urbanistic work of considerable invoice

  • Sanctuary of Saint Ubaldo

The sanctuary of Saint Ubaldo dominates Gubbio on top of Mount Ingino

  • Roman theater

The Roman Theater of Gubbio is one of the most important Romanesque works in the Umbrian territory

 

 

Must see places near Gubbio:

  • Perugia (41 Km/25 mi)

Perugia is the regional capital and boasts an important historical heritage

  • Assisi (56 Km/35 mi)

Assisi is the city of San Francesco, therefore with a strong religious connotation

  • Spello (64 Km/40 mi)

Spello is the village of flowers

 

 

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