Palazzo della Carovana
Full professor of Italian philology since 2006, he has been deputy Director of Scuola Normale of Pisa from 2010 to 2012. Student, graduate student and researcher at Scuola Normale of Pisa in 1974-1988. A Frances A. Yates Fellow at London’s Warburg Institute in 1988. Associate professor of Italian philology and history of Italian language at the University of Cassino and at the University for Foreigners of Siena from 1988 to 2000. Full professor of Italian stylistics and metrics at the University for Foreigners of Siena from 2000 to 2006.
His research work spans a number of areas, from the review of the textual tradition of ancient Italian texts (in particular "Acerba" and the Latin treaties by Cecco d’Ascoli, the laud tradition, the sirventes, vulgarisations) to the philological, linguistic and metric study of the tradition of ancient dialect of Bergamo (from the thirteenth to the sixteenth century); from the study of leading fifteenth century Florentine authors-copyists (Piero Bonaccorsi and Francesco Orlandi) to the review of the text-image theme in the vulgar tradition of the fourteenth-fifteenth centuries (for which he coined the widespread label "Visibile parlare", Visible speaking); from the study of Milanese culture in the early nineteenth century (with a focus on Carlo Porta and Leopoldo Cicognara) to the history of twentieth century philology (Contini, Folena).
He arranged the conference “Visibile parlare” (Visible speaking), of which the edited the proceedings (Naples, ESI, 1997); he organised the conference “Storia della lingua e filologia” (History of language and philology), of which the edited the proceedings (Florence, Cesati, 2010). With Ch. Frugoni and A. Petrucci, he edited the facsimile edition of L’Esopo di Udine (Aesop of Udine) (Udine, Casamassima, 1996). For the publishing house Salerno, he coordinated Appendix I to the History of Italian Literature (2001), bound to illustrate, for the first time in an organised form, the philological tradition of Italian literary texts.
Member of "Arcadia" academy. Member of the Committee for language texts. Scientific contributor to the association “Roma nel Rinascimento” (Rome in the Renaissance). Editor in chief of the journal «Medioevo romanzo» (Romance Middle Ages). Member of the scientific committee of the journal "Iconographica" and member of the reading committee of the journal "Filologia italiana" (Italian philology). President of the National Edition of Ancient Translations of Latin Texts into Italian Vernaculars (ENAV). For the publishing house Casamassima of Udine, he is director of the “Litterae laicorum” collection; for the publishing house Edizioni ETS of Pisa, he is director of the “Biblioteca dei volgarizzamenti” (Library of vernacular translations) and “Poeti del Trecento” (Fourteenth century Poets) collections.