• About SNS

    The Scuola Normale Superiore is a public institute for higher education that in its two centuries of life has earned itself a special place, both in Italy and abroad, a place characterised by merit, talent and scientific rigour.  Two types of course are available: the undergraduate course and the PhD course.The teaching activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, placed in Pisa, and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, located in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. 

  • Admission

    The evaluation for entrance to the first year of the undergraduate course does not include the high school leaving certificate, and the bachelor's degree is not taken into consideration in the entrance examination for the fourth year course. For each PhD course, candidates’ level of competence, talent, motivations and aptitudes to scientific research will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications and research project and an interview.

  • Academics

    The Scuola Normale Superiore offers two types of course: the undergraduate course, leading to first and second level university degrees, and the PhD course, the international equivalent of the Italian Dottorato di ricerca.The teaching and research activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences.The first two academic structures, housed at the Pisa site, organize courses for both the  undergraduate course and the PhD course. The Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, situated in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, deals only with the PhD course.

  • Research

    A highly qualifying feature of the Normale way is the strong link between teaching and research that is a characteristic of both the undergraduate and the graduate programmes of the Scuola. The research structures of the two Faculties welcome students with a relevant study interest, enabling them to collaborate in a mature way with the activities of the researchers.

  • International

    The Scuola Normale is an institute of a decidedly international nature. Examinations for admission to the undergraduate degree course and for the PhD course are open to all citizens worldwide. A certain number of places on the PhD course are reserved for students from other countries. During the pre laurea and  post lauream teaching courses, study and research programmes are made available at overseas universities and research centres with which the Scuola forms an intense network of collaboration.  The doctorate course in particular is taught in a veritable graduate school in line with the highest international standards. 

Full Professor
Tel. +39 050 509752

Palazzo della Carovana

Classe di Scienze Umane
Piazza dei Cavalieri, 7
56126, PISA

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.