According to a historian from the sixteenth century (who has not been proven wrong as of yet), Linguaglossa was founded by a group of craftsmen from Genoa and Lombardy, living in Castiglione, who left the town to settle in this county where they earned a living extracting resin from the large pine trunks, around the year 1100. Then the Normans took over the Island, fought the Saraceni, gave glory to the Pope, protected the churches and monasteries and King Ruggero gave himself the title 'faithful to Christ and great protector of Christians'. Also around the year 1100, the huge pine forest grew rapidly around the first haystacks of the resin workers creating a wall like barrier. In this setting Linguaglossa was born next to the immense forest with a view of the snow covered slopes of the volcano. In this enchanting location we find our B&B with two double bedrooms with private bathroom with shower. The rooms are nicely decorated and have antique furniture. Breakfast is served in the dining room. It is said that Linguaglossa was built on seven lava flows, whether it is seven or ten is unimportant, what is important is the local character which is strong and tenacious like the lava origins. In a very serious earthquake, the slopes of the mountain trembled and the Bishop of Catania was killed under the fallen church alter. Fifteen thousand local people died under the debris. In a document from three centuries earlier, the following was written:
At the beginning of the foundation and building of the city of Linguaglossa, a torrent of fire threatened the city. This is when St. Egidio appeared to some local people. He was wearing papal clothing and a mitre on his head. He quenched the fire with his stick and set down this law: – You shall not pass this threshold nor dare touch this town that has been put under my protection! These were the words of Saint Egidio and since then on the first of September every year there are great festivities for the Patron Saint.