I was born in Rome in 1958. I graduated in Geological Sciences at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" in 1982. I then earned from the same university a PhD in Geophysics in 1987. I have been with Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica until 2000) since 1982. I have been Visiting Scientist at UC Santa Cruz (1987, 1988, 1990, 1994, 1995), at USGS-Menlo Park (1990), University of Southern California (1992), Université Paris-Sud (1999). My main area of expertise includes Earthquake Geology, Seismotectonics, Historical Seismology, Seismic Hazard Assessment.