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The Hundred-Horse Chestnut is the largest and oldest known chestnut tree in the world. Located on Linguaglossa road in Sant'Alfio, on the eastern slope of Mount Etna in Sicily — only 8km from the volcano's crater — it is generally believed to be 2,000 to 4,000 years old (4,000 according to the botanist Bruno Peyronel from Turin). It is a Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa, family Fagaceae). Guinness World Records has listed it for the record of "Greatest Tree Girth Ever", noting that it had a circumference of 57.9 m (190 ft) when it was measured in 1780. Above-ground the tree has since split into multiple large trunks, but below-ground these trunks still share the same roots.The tree's name originated from a legend in which a queen of Aragon and her company of one hundred knights, during a trip to Mount Etna, were caught in a severe thunderstorm. The entire company is said to have taken shelter under the tree.Literary allusionsThe tree and its legend have become the subject of various songs and poems, including the following Sicilian-language description by the Catanese poet Giuseppe Borrello (1820–1894):For Il Castagno dei Cento Cavalli and beyond, use our Sant'Alfio itinerary maker to get the most from your Sant'Alfio vacation.
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Miky0978August 15, 2017
Consiglio a tutti almeno una volta di andare a visitare il maestoso castagno dei 100 cavalli , un posto magico con aria pulita e tanto relax !! more »I recommend everyone at least once to visit the majestic castagno dei 100 cavalli, a magical place with clean air and plenty of relaxation!!
Alfia ZAugust 13, 2017
La focaccia è eccellente...il personale è professionale e cordiale...posto incantevole...rilassante...aria fresca...posto ideale per trascorrere qualche ora in allegria, gustare ottimo cibo....e costi... more »The focaccia is eccellente...il staff is professional and friendly ... lovely place ... relaxing ... fresh air ... an ideal place to spend a few hours with fun, enjoy great food .... and quite cheaply to try absolutely
Pennywise1982August 10, 2017
Questa recensione non si riferisce al ristorante (come molti altri utenti hanno erroneamente fatto) ma al castagno ed al luogo nel quale è immerso. Se ci si trova nei dintorni dei paesi Etnei una capa... more »This review does not refer to the restaurant (like many others have wrongly done) but the chestnut and the place in which it is immersed. If you are around the villages hit in Sant'Alfio to see this majestic tree and enjoy the peace of the context in which it is located is a must.
GhostFire Black™Excellent restaurant has a varied menu and offers various dishes. I enjoyed the pizzas, with recipes that reflect very Sicily and its products highlighting little dishes considered to be the "TUMA" (typical Sicilian fodder). The place and very quiet and great place to relax with the cool mountain, and the restaurant also has a small park for children. So I conclude that any journey into the Catania having to s. Alfio and castagno dei 100 cavalli and why not eat a pizza.
Enzo MaccheroniSpecial Location for the tasting of typical local products, good Pizzeria
Natalina nassiThe pizzas are delicious use of flour in Sicily and sourdough make them digestible and really palatable and health!!
Concetto PuglisiIt was the first time I went to this place great rustic impression held in excellent condition would say pizza magnificent great pasta and toppings in it the only note a little off-key presentation visiviva of the owner or maids you couldn't tell who was still I spent a pleasant evening to come back is to recommend to my friends.
Agata MaugeriGood food is all home-baked
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