• 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 four academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Sciences, placed in Pisa; the Department of political and social sciences and the Ciampi Institute, located 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  Sciences, and the Department of Political 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 Department of Political 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
Romance Philology and Linguistics
Tel. +39 050 509246

office hours: Wednesday 13:00 – 14:00 and Thursday 11:00 – 13:00                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


Palazzo della Carovana

Classe di lettere e filosofia
Piazza dei Cavalieri, 7
56126, PISA

Born in Rome in 1961, I studied in Florence with d’Arco Silvio Avalle and in Padua with  Gianfranco Folena. I have taught Romance Philology at the Universities of Florence, Chieti-Pescara, and Siena, where I chaired the PhD School in Modern Philology. I have been visiting professor at the École Nationale des Chartes (Paris) and at St John's College Cambridge. From 2014 to 2018 I was director of the CNR Institute Opera del Vocabolario Italiano in Florence.

My research activity focusses on medieval italian lyric poetry, medieval translations, French Arthurian prose romance, textual editing methods, and digital humanities. I have published, often as a team work, Guittone d’Arezzo’s sonnets (1994), studies about the thirteenth-century Italian lyric manuscripts (2001, 2010), repertoires of hagiographic and biblical vernacular manuscripts (2003, 2018), and studies for the edition of the Guiron le Courtois cycle (2018).

Major national and international positions include: member of the Accademia della Crusca (Florence) and of the Commissione per i Testi di Lingua (Bologna), chief editor of the journal Medioevo Romanzo, board member of the journal Studi di filologia italiana, editor of the series Archivio romanzo (Edizioni del Galluzzo), member of the scientific board of the series Romanische Texte des Mittelalters (Winter Verlag), director of the Fondazione Ezio Franceschini, and Italian delegate to the European Research Infrastructure Consortium DARIAH-ERIC.