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.