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 http://richardzahra.weebly.com/ for more information or contact him at [email protected]
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 […]
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,
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.