1986-1990. Università di Bologna, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia (Prof. Antonio Carile advisor). In 1991 obtained the Diploma of Laurea in Medieval History magna cum laude, with a Thesis in Byzantine History on “Venice and the Latin Empire of Constantinople (1204-1261): the trade relations”. Activities before obtaining the Laurea:

  • Research stay at the Université de Paris I-Sorbonne, Centre de recherches d’histoire et civilisation Byzantines (Jan.-March and July-Oct. 1989, Prof. Hélène Glykatzi Ahrweiler supervisor);
  • Attended as Erasmus student the Seminars in Byzantine History of the Abteilung Byzantinistik des Instituts für Altertumskunde der Universität zu Köln (Oct. 1989-July 1990, Prof. Peter Schreiner supervisor);
  • In Erice (Sicily) at the “Ettore Majorana” Centre for Scientific Culture, attended the 2nd Workshop International Cities and Interexchange Cities in the Slavo-Byzantine Area (24-30 Sept., 1989) and the 3rd Workshop International Exchanges and Processes of Colonization in Eastern Europe and the Near East (16-21 Oct., 1990) of the International School for the Study of Eastern Europe co-directed by Prof. Antonio Carile (Bologna University) and Prof. Omeljan Pritsak (Harvard University).

1991-1992. Archivio di Stato di Venezia, Diploma of the School of Archival Studies, Palaeography and Diplomatics (Dr. Paolo Selmi supervisor).

1993-1995. National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation (MIET) at Athens, Certificate of attendance at the three years Seminar of Greek Palaeography and History of the Texts directed by Agamemnon Tselikas.

1993-1995. Athens, Post-doctoral courses of the Institute of Byzantine Studies of the National Hellenic Research Foundation (April 1993-April 1995, supervisors Prof. Chryssa A. Maltezou and Prof. Nikos Oikonomides).

1996-2000. Università di Bologna, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia (supervisor Prof. Antonio Carile) in 2000 obtained the Diploma of Dottore di Ricerca (Ph.D.) in “Society, Kingship and Priesthood in philological, historical and anthropological methodology (5th-16th c.)” with a Thesis on “Antonio di Marco Morosini, Cronicha de Veniexia”. During the Ph.D. studied in Venice and abroad:

  • in Athens (April-Oct. 1996, Feb.-Aug. 1997 and March-Sept. 1998, supervisor Prof. Nikos Oikonomides);
  • at Brown University in Providence RI (Oct.-Dec. 1998, supervisor Prof. Anthony Molho);
  • in Wien at the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek. Handschriftensammlung, at the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Kommission für ‘’Tabula Imperii Byzantini’’ and at the Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik der Universität Wien (Jan.-May 1999, supervisor Prof. Johannes Koder).