Rome's 2019 Christmas tree will be illuminated in Piazza Venezia on 8 December.
Rome's Christmas tree, popularly known by now as Spelacchio, is sponsored for the second year running by US media-services provider Netflix and will be in Piazza Venezia over the festive season.
The 80,000 led lights on the tree, a 22-m high fir from northern Italy, will be switched on by the city's mayor Virginia Raggi on 8 December.
Spelacchio will be decorated with 1,000 red and gold decorations and will be illuminated 24 hours a day until 6 January.
Raggi announced the news on her Facebook page with the message: "Our Spelacchio is coming back to Rome!", accompanied by a surreal promotional trailer featuring Italian television presenter Gigi Marzullo.
The video begins with images relating to Spelacchio's global fame, from red carpet photo-shoots and the front page of PINE magazine to a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
However somewhere along the way Spelacchio becomes disillusioned with the festive season, tweeting: "Christmas is overrated."
Luckily for us, though, Spelacchio subsequently regains his belief in the spirit of Christmas thanks to his friends Klaus and Jesper who just happen to be the stars of the Netflix Christmas movie Klaus.
And guess who will be in Rome to meet children under the tree over Christmas? Klaus and Jesper!
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Rome Christmas tree: Netflix sponsors Spelacchio
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