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La leggenda del Castagno dei Cento Cavalli - Case Vacanze in Giardini Naxos & Taormina

La leggenda del Castagno dei Cento Cavalli

The chestnut tree of the one hundred horses is the largest and oldest known chestnut tree in the world.
It is generally believed to be 2,000 to 4,000 years old. It is located in Sant’Alfio, near Mount Etna.

The tree’s name originated from a legend:

A Queen was out hunting with a hundred knights and some chaperones. The company was surprised by a violent thunderstorm when they where close to a giant chestnut tree, so they escaped the tempest by hiding under the branches of this tree. Sunset came and thcastagno-100-cavallie thunderstorm wouldn’t stop, so the Queen passed the night under the tree, legend has it that she spent the night with some lovers chosen among the hundred knights.

There is no way to know for sure who this queen was, but some say it had to be Joanna I of Aragon, others say it had to have been Joanna of Anjou, and in this way the queen’s night with lovers was contributed to the insurrection of the Vespers (during the 13th century). All of this is probably just another legend invented by people. For example, Queen Joanna of Anjou, although widely known for her love affairs, almost certainly never came to Sicily.