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The legend of Contrada Muti

Near our facility, one of the largest and oldest Sicilian oaks has been firmly rooted in the land for over 400 years. It is a Quercus Amplifolia, with a height of about 18 metres and a trunk of 450 cm in circumference.

But beyond its beauty and majesty, the great oak of Contrada Muti is linked to a local legend which gives a symbolic and social value to this beautiful tree.

The legend of Contrada Muti

The legend of Contrada Muti speaks of a peasant who fell asleep at the base of the oak. In his sleep a voice spoke to him, promising to help him find a treasure chest full of treasures, as long as he didn’t tell anyone the secret.

When he returned home, however, he confided in his wife, who convinced him to go back to the tree and dig around the roots.

When the new day dawned, the husband and wife lost their voices. Therefore they remained “mute”, hence the name which the district still bears.

On 19th December 2017, the centuries-old tree was included in the first national list of monumental trees in Italy, created by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.