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My story

My story begins in the Italian region of Romagna, in Ravenna, the (last) capital of the Roman Empire, and it remains essentially always there. I love Romagna. It’s my “little world”, awe on who touches it. And I am proud of the adjective “provincial”.

I went to high school, then I moved to Bologna and I graduated in law. Because I’m also half Bologna blooded, from my mother’s side. Later I will also take a PhD in “Canonistic and ecclesiastic disciplines”, a Ba in psychology and a master’s degree in neurosemantics.

In the meantime I ended up in London, I stuck my nose in the Financial Times and from that period I have remained contributing editor of the British magazine “The Catholic Herald“.
Then my “little world” called me and I came back, as a journalist of “La Voce di Romagna” for a decade. And in the meantime I found collaborations with a lot of Italian media, from magazines to Tvs.

I ended up winning (for a clear jury error) the “Guidarello Award for Journalism” in 2012, and the “Rimini Europa Prize” in 2016.

In this period I had the privilege of writing books with extraordinary people: Cardinal Ersilio Tonini, Grand Master of Italian freemasonry Gustavo Raffi, TV celebrities Alessandro Cecchi Paone andAlessandro Meluzzi. And then Ettore Gotti Tedeschi. And also popular singer Raoul Casadei.

Then I taught Communication in an institute of religious sciences, the mental coach activity in Italy, in the Principality of Monaco and around the world. With a special attention to ATP and WTA tennis players.

But above all the BOOKS. The first writings date back to the 90s and the first prize, the “Tito Casini”, before the new millennium. The first (published) book in 2001. The first in the Mondadori Group in 2007. I have now published twenty-five, from biographies to fiction, from religious to historical non-fiction.

But my themes, both in the novels and in the essays, always revolve around my passions: personal development, religion, spirituality and psychology.

Now enjoying Malta’s sun.

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

2013 Bachelor of Psychology, University of Bologna-Cesena

2011 Post graduate Master in Neuro-Semantics with Prof. Michael L.Hall, Ph.D., International Institute of Neuro-Semantics

2007 –Post-graduate course in journalism, Pontifical Lateran University, Rome.

2003-2006: PhD in Canon Law and Law and Religion in comparative perspective, University of Macerata

2004 – Fellowship at the Acton Institute, Michigan, USA

1999- 2003 Degree in Law, University of Bologna. Mark: 110\110 cum laude.

Languages

Mother tongue: Italian

Other languages: fluent English (I have studied, regularly written for British magazines, taken conferences in English), minimal German and Spanish

Summary of Professional skills and/or expertise

Field of expertise: writing, journalism (both written and tv), blogging, teaching, communication, public speaking, mental coaching, emotional coaching, motivation, networking, psychology, Law and Religion.

Summary of relevant work experience

2018 – Blogger at Il Giornale

2016 – Editor of the magazine “Sonoromagnolo

2014 – 2016 – Mental Coach at Italian Tennis Federation and at San Marino Tennis Academy

2012 to present – Professional Mental Coach

2012-2014 – Invited Professor of Communication (Theories and Ethics of Communication) at the Superior Institute for Religious Studies, Forlì, Italy

2013 Invited Professor of Religious Communication at Professor Maurizio Viroli’s chair, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland

2012 to present – Blogger of Huffingtonpost

2009 to present – Contributor of many magazines: Stop and Vero, Italian gossip magazines, BMM, Italian fashion magazine, Chocolate and Rendezvous, Khazakhistan fashion magazines.

2008 to present – organizer of many cultural events: “BBK un mare di libri” (beach bookfest, Ravenna), fiera del libro di Cervia (bookfest, Cervia), il salotto di Milano Marittima (cultural meetings, Milano Marittima)

2008 – Co-founder of the monthly paper “Europaitalia”, San Marino.

2005 to present – contributing editor of The Catholic Herald, London

2004-2013 – Employed as a journalist and columnist in a full time job at “La Voce di Romagna”, Ravenna.

2004 – Work experience at the Financial Times, London.

2004 to present – Frequent appearances in Italian tv

2003 – Teaching assistant of Canon Law, University of Bologna.

2003 – Contributor of the newspaper “Il Giornale”, Roma.

Publications

In English:

A thorn in your skull

Giacomo Casanova: manual on how not to end up in the arms of somebody like me

 

More than 20 books published in Italian by major publishers and more than 100.000 copies sold. Complete list here.

Among them:

2016 “Un mestiere del diavolo” (Paolo Gambi interviews former IOR (Vatican Bank) President Ettore Gotti Tedeschi

2015 “Giacomo Casanova: manuale per non finire tra le braccia di un come me”, Giubilei e Regnani editore (a self help book for women to find the right man).

2014 – “Smettila e sii felice”, Sperling&Kupfer (Italian best seller about personal development).

2013 “Le Ragioni dell’altro”, with Alessandro Cecchi Paone, Piemme, Mondadori Group (a dialogue between a believer and a non-believer).

2012 – “Padre Pio, un Santo italiano”, Guido Veneziani publisher (a bestseller biography of St. Pius da Pietrelcina).

2012 – “Il gusto della vita”, with Cardinal Tonini, Piemme, Mondadori Group (I am Cardinal Tonini’s biographer and this is his only authorized biography).

2012 – “Quello che i preti non dicono (più) – Duemila anni di linguaggio anticlericale nelle parole dei santi”, Fede e Cultura (a book about anticlerical language of Saints and mystics along history).

2011 – “Ho seguito il mio Maestro”, with Prof. Alessandro Meluzzi, Piemme, Mondadori Group (A book about personal development and spirituality).

2010 – “Ho visto e ho creduto”, with Prof. Alessandro Meluzzi, Piemme, Mondadori Group (A book about personal development and spirituality).

2009 – “L’infinito mi ha cercato” with Prof. Alessandro Meluzzi, Piemme, Mondadori Group (a biography of prof. Meluzzi).

2009 – “La ragione della speranza”, with Cardinal Ersilio Tonini, Piemme, Mondadori Group.

2008 – “San Pier Damiani, un romagnolo contento ne’ pensier contemplativi”, La Voce publisher, Rimini (a biography of St. Peter Damian).

2008 – “Democristiani a San Marino – Una storia di libertà”, La Voce publisher, San Marino (a history of the main Saint Marin political party).

2008 – “Profezie per l’ottimismo”, with Cardinal Ersilio Tonini, Piemme, Mondadori Group.

2008 –“Massoneria: una nuova primavera”, Gangemi publishing, (a book about Freemasonry in Italy), translated into English in 2011 with the title “What is Freemasonry”.

2007 – “I vip parlano di Dio”, Piemme, Mondadori Group (a collection of interviews to celebrities who speak about their relation to spirituality).

2005 – “The Universal Hunger for Liberty”, by prof. Michael Novak (translator), Liberal publisher.

2004 – Cavalleria e Nobiltà nell’Ordinamento Canonico vigente, cenni minimi, published in Apollinaris, 3-4, 2004

2004 – “La Soberana Militar Orden de Malta en el orden jurìdico eclesial y internacional” published in Ius Canonicum, Pamplona.

Other

2018 San Domenichino bronze award

2016 Rimini-Europa “Diploma d’Onore” award (biennial culture award).

2016 Paul Harris Fellow and President founder of Rotary e-club “Romagna”.

2014 Appointed “Testimonial of Italian Culture Month in Principality of Monaco” by Italian Ambassador.

2012 – Winner of “Guidarello” journalistic award (2nd most important Italian journalistic award)

2003 – Knight of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George

1 March 2018

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