Lone Tree - Siena, Italy

Walking the streets of many Italian cities amid the architecture and history just captivates your mind’s eye. Siena, for example, was founded sometime between 900 and 600 BC. Think about that for a minute. That means the streets that I was walking on could have been around for over 2,500 years. I don’t know about you, but that boggles my mind. Think of all that might have happened on them over that timeframe. How many people walked on this street. The amount of history they have seen, both good and bad. While many of the surrounding buildings were not around during that whole time, they are still old enough to have a lot of stories to tell. As I took in the great curved architecture that surrounded us, I noticed this one lone tree silhouetted against the background. I started to wonder how old it was, how it survived over the years and many other questions that I knew would be unanswered.