We entered the compound only to be told that the monk with the key to the garden was resting. We were extremely disappointed but, not to be put off, I asked one of the staff if he knew about the tree. He immediately took out a key, walked us to the garden gate, and pointed in the general direction of the tree which, he said, had been tested by Italian experts and dated to over 2000 years.
After wandering for about 100 yards along a dry and thorny trail we came upon an amazing site: our 2000 year old olive tree!
Photos courtesy of Margie Willensky