Il Castagno dei Cento Cavalli, Sant'Alfio

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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):
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  • A really nice place for an enjoyable day. Pleasant walk. If you find yourself passing a stop is recommended. Imposing this big chestnut with the evocative story attached
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  • Chestnut tree of the oldest in Europe, perhaps the oldest, exceeds twenty metres in circumference. Takes its name from a legend that under its branches found shelter from the rain Queen and its hundred Knights on horseback. Majestic, is truly a spectacle of nature.
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  • Historic and quaint place, guests visiting Sant'Alfio. This tree is a real attraction for tourists who come from far and wide to see it.
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  • The place is beautiful and the majestic tree. I hope alive for at least another 1000 years.
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  • We reviewed after so many years, and we found beautiful structures that were built around the tree.
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  • Lovely place and only, witness.
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  • Place to visit, the tree is really majestic.
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