I already knew I wanted to become an archaeologist when I was still at school and they asked me “what you want to do when you grow up?”.
The past and ancient civilisations have always fascinated me, partly because of the many objects my father would bring back from his travels. I was 14 when I had my first archaeology Field trip, in Fiavé. I travelled where on my moped from my home in Trento and began a journey which has continued for the whole of my life.
My passion for the work grew during my time in Fiavé and indeed I met my wife on a dig there, among the enchanting forest of stilts protruding from the mud, as well as my future brother-in-law Renato Perini, the site director at Fiavé where the best known collection of pile dwellings in Italy was uncovered.
For me, the archaeological site in Fiavé is a magical place of mist, water lilies, the warm wind from Lake Garda and the moisture of the peat bog. I’ve always had an emotional attachment to the place.