The Quercione

The “Quercione”
This fine example of Quercus pubescens, the Downy Oak or Pubescent Oak, is said to be approximately five centuries old, and it is recordered in the catalogue of the Alberi Monumentali d’Italia. Its trunk is about four metres in circumference and over fourteen metres tall, its open network of branches spreads out to about thirty metres to give it an extremely interesting and aesthetically beautiful shape.
A legend explains why its branches spread horizontally: it is said that the witches of the area used to gather here, and it was their weight that made the branches spread.


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