It's very likely to have been planted by Basilian monks who, a thousand years ago, lived in the nearby chapel of St. Elias of which, today, you can see the ruins.
The itinerary starts right from the hermitage and through a short and steep path that leads into the nearby woods of Black Pine reach this wonder of nature that lives next to a small stream, in silence, away from the noise of civilization.
Its imposing roots, support a hollow trunk with a circumference of 16 meters, within which ten people can comfortably fit and which serves as a natural cave for bats and other nocturnal animals. At several points the trunk is hollow and these windows allow natural light to enter and make visible the inside maybe blackened by some principles of fire. It is certainly the largest and longest living Oriental Plane in Italy that deserves to be known and embraced.
Lamezia Terme (Calabria)
Nocera Terinese (Calabria)
San Costantino Calabro (Calabria)
Soveria Mannelli (Calabria)
San Giovanni in Fiore (Calabria)
Cropani Marina (Calabria)