Italo studied Classics at the University of Catania, and holds a specialization diploma from the University of Bari. He has extensive experience excavating in Italy as well as in Morocco and Ukraine. He has also worked extensively in Morgantina (Sicily) where, for the last decade, he has been co-supervising the excavation work carried out by the University of Virginia. Italo has also taught surveying methods and excavation techniques at various universities and institutions, in Italy, Ukraine, Morroco and the USA. His fields of specialization are. His main interests include Greek, Roman and medieval archaeology, as well as the history of medieval art.