Balbido, a Guinness World Record village
It might seem unlikely but Balbido owes its Guinness world record to a giant wicker witch.
One day, someone in Balbido woke up and decided to spend the morning leafing through the Guinness Book of World Records.
Why? To find a new world record to beat. Because, as well as its murals, Balbido is also famous for breaking records. nusual, unlikely and bizarre records. Balbido's village motto reflects their record-breaking feats: Nothing is unachievable as long as you try.
A good witch
The first record was secured in 1990 with the world’s biggest wicker basket. Balbido will never forget its first record. A gigantic basket. 21 km of hazelnut tree branches, woven around 50 larch tree posts and 40 ash tree poles for the handle. It was 6.5 m high, plus a further 3.7 m with the handle. And 12 m long by 7 m wide. Record-breaking measurements! This basket made the youngsters of Balbido famous. They were invited to create new record-breaking feats elsewhere: a bell tower in Lecce, a conical basket in Baselga di Pinè, and a goose in Trento.
Nothing remains of that famous basket today. But in 2019, it was replaced by a new Guinness world record holder: The world's biggest witch.
10.77 m high and 4.5 m wide. A giant witch, made in the same way as the original basket. Carefully woven wood and bamboo canes. Positioned at the entrance to the village, it pays homage to the popular tradition of devious and mischievous witches who loved to throw stones at the wheels of the farmers’ carts as they returned from the nearby valley. Another record beaten, another goal achieved. In Balbido, they truly are world champions!