The city council of Rome, which has failed to recover transport or clean up piles of rubbish for the last year, has been surprisingly creative in the name of saving energy. The first “swallow” was the main Christmas tree in Italy, at the base of which two impressive solar panels were installed. Its main mission is to illuminate a 22-meter tree, as well as some very modest garlands that hang in the nearby shopping street Via del Corso. To further emphasize the respect for the environment of the “eternal city”, just in front of the town hall, with the active participation of the mayor Roberto Gualtieri, another Christmas tree was installed, whose ecological garlands are lit by the rotation of the foot pedals. bike
While the mayor personally and publicly “produces light” for the city, mere mortals now have no time for innovative technologies. This year, many Italians will not be able, even if they really want to, to buy a live fir tree and a “Christmas star” (bright red houseplants). Most of the nurseries, unable to withstand the high energy prices, were forced to close until spring. According to local newspapers, the situation is worse in this regard in the north of the country. In order to pay impressive gas and electricity bills, the inhabitants of Italy have to squeeze a lot on the cost of buying food for the festive table and gifts for relatives. According to the Coldiretti association, the actual spending of Italians on gifts this year will amount to 177 euros each, 7 percent less than in 2021.
Budget cuts were mainly influenced by rising inflation, which affects imported goods the most: smartphones, tablets, routers, cameras. Prices for them increased on average from 20 to 80 percent. The most popular gift among Italians, perfume, has also risen in price by 13 percent. According to experts, 43 percent of Italians bought gifts in advance, during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Those who have not had time to hurry, either buy a traditional shopping basket (its price ranges from 20 to 100 euros), or they will bet on vintage gifts or those called “recycled”. As the surveys show, the one Italians are certainly not going to save money on is children, therefore, fortunately, at least their vacations will not differ at all from the years before the pandemic and before the crisis.