Italian town lights up world's largest Christmas tree

STORY: The tree entered the Guinness Book of World Records in 1991 and its preparation works have lasted for weeks with volunteers of the 'Alberarioli' committee working on the tree on Sunday mornings.

"It has a base of 450 meters (1,470 feet) and a height of 750 meters (2,460 feet)," said Giacomo Fumanti, President of the Alberaioli Committee. "We placed a comet star with a surface area of 1,000 square meters (10,700 square feet) on the top of the hill."

About 1300 hours of work were required to create the spectacular illumination, but Gubbio and local residents from miles around get the benefit of seeing the tree which lies on the side of the slope at some 900 meters (2,950 foot) altitude.