The town rises not far from the Etna, on a large tongue (from which the name of Linguaglossa) of lava erupted from the volcano, surrounded by vineyards, and giant pine woods, with the snow-capped mountain behind, and the blue sea in the distance.
Linguaglossa is today a favorite starting point for itineraries up to the crater and amid the many unique natural environments of the Etna park.
Local tradition says that the town was founded under the Norman occupation by a group of Genoese and Lombard artisans from Castiglione, who started the resin trade, extracting the resin from the century-old pine trees.
The town was spared in the terrible eruption and earthquake that took place at dawn, on 4 February 1169, an event that killed 15,000 people in Catania; according to the tradition, the earthquake brought ruin to Linguaglossa, but the lava was blocked by the apparition of the patron Sant'Egidio. The lava solidified in seven different tongues, on which the population rebuilt their homes.