In fact, when I took a good look at it, it appeared that the tree was made out of white turkish carpets and topped with a minaret. Perhaps as a nod to all of the new Italian residents who have shown up on our beaches from Libia and in the recent census?
Needless to say, by the time I went back to Piazza Venezia to take a photo of the monstrosity, it was gone. Out of sight.
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Of course, in these days of austerity, people are asking the question, How much did this new fiasco just cost the people of Rome? Actually, since it's in eye-shot of tourists in the popular Piazza Venezia, I'd say, How much did this just cost the tourists from the ever-burgeoning 'tourist tax' budget? Consider it our little Christmas present. You'd think with all our generosity they'd let us at least step up onto the grass if not to sing a song hand in hand like in the Grinch, to photograph the lovely nativity scene when the do-over is set into place.
But my question is, Did the guy who pocketed the bribe for the "Holiday Decoration Contract" have to return his portion of the fee? Or, does he get double the money now that they're doing a makeover?
Regardless, I think the Mayor should have done nothing. With a papier mache tree, it would only have lasted up til the first rain storm anyway.
To see the mirage tree, click here.