The following article appears on The Local.
A Christmas tree lasted just 24 hours in Naples’ most famous shopping arcade before someone stole it.
By Friday morning, only a few branches, some baubles and a stump remained of the tree installed the day before in the Galleria Umberto I.
The thieves had removed the rest of the metres-high tree, decorations and all. Photos show a clean cut, suggested that the culprits may have been equipped with a chainsaw.
The tree had been donated to the glass-roofed arcade by the Gran Caffè Gambrinus, one of Naples’ oldest establishments, just the day before.
It was “a present for Naples”, the café said in a video inaugurating the decorations.
— Ultime Notizie (@ultimenotizie) December 22, 2017
It’s not the first time that the Galleria Umberto has had its Christmas tree stolen, but this is believed to be a record for the shortest time a tree has lasted, according to Ansa.
In previous years police have found stolen trees – or bits of them – in the city’s dense Spanish Quarters, waiting to be used in the traditional bonfires that Neapolitans lights around January 17th to celebrate Sant’Antonio Abate. Continue reading at The Local.