I was born in Milan, Italy. Tired of the fog that
permanently enshrouds it, I moved to sunny Pisa
to study Physics, just like Galileo. There, I received
my undergraduate degree from the Università
degli Studi and, in 1998, my Ph.D. from the
Scuola Normale Superiore.
During my graduate studies I spent extensive periods
of time at the Space
Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD.
I, then, joined the European
Southern Observatory (ESO) in Garching near
Munich, Germany, as a Postdoctoral Fellow first
and, since the year 2000, as an Assistant Astronomer.
I currently divide my working hours (almost) evenly
between my functional duties in the User Support
Group of the ESO Very
Large Telescope and my science activity on young
stellar populations in the local Universe.