Author: Richard Zahra

Richard Zahra is a freelance travel writer whose features have been published in magazines across the globe. His deep-rooted affection for Tuscany has spurred him to write about the region?s history, cuisine and noble wines. Richard has family ties in Italy and is also a fluent Italian speaker. Visit for more information or contact him at [email protected]
July 15, 2016

Living and giving in Tuscany

Five years ago, Rita Richardson, a language teacher of Italian descent, and her husband Tim, who owns a consulting business in the United States, decided to fulfill their dream of purchasing a second home in Tuscany. In Castiglion Fiorentino, a dreamy Etruscan hilltop town, the Richardsons bought a house in a medieval alley, intending to […]
November 5, 2015

Michelangelo’s 30 days of fear, hunger and boredom

In 1975, the chance discovery of a secret underground chamber beneath the Medici Chapels led to an even more stunning revelation: 400-year-old graffiti that provides an insight into what seems to have been the most turbulent period of Michelangelo’s life—the 30 days of fear,
July 16, 2015
The Tuscan TimesTRAVEL

Castiglion Fiorentino’s time-team heroes

Danilo Grifoni (left) and Mario Menci (right)   Inspired by the lucky discovery of an ancient golden earring, amateur archaeologists Mario Menci and Danilo Grifoni pushed back the officially recognised origins of their hometown, Castiglion Fiorentino, by more than a millennium, back to the age of the Etruscans. The golden