Si Trova: a circa due chilometri da Sant'Alfio, sulle pendici dell'Etna
Lat: 37° 45' 0.995487" N - Long: 15° 7' 49.72024" E
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It is a gigantic, thousand-year-old chestnut, included in the list of trees of "exceptional historical and monumental value"; it is from two to four thousand years old and is the oldest in Europe and the most famous and largest in Italy.
A marvel of nature, it has a legendary size and an imposing foliage.
The chestnut tree is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest tree in the world; it measures 57.9 meters in circumference with all branches.
Since 1965 it is a national monument, and in 2006 UNESCO declared the tree a "Monument of Peace".
The circumference of trunk, consisting of three stems, is about 22 meters, and also the height of the tree is about 22 meters.
Historical information on the chestnut 'of the hundred horses' is from the sixteenth century.
In the eighteenth century for this tree was issued one of the earliest acts, the first perhaps, to protect the territory in Sicily.
Many illustrious travelers, including Patrick Brydone and Jean Houel, visited, portrayed and described it.
The chestnut tree of the 'hundred horses' owes its name to a legend according to which, following a storm, a queen took refuge there with all her knights.
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