Laurea in Humanities, University of Florence
Alessandra Adriani specialized in the methodology of teaching Italian as a second language at the Koiné School for Foreigners (1994); and in 1996, she held a six-month post-graduate position at the European Community in Brussels, Belgium. Before joining Syracuse Florence in 2006, Adriani taught at the University of Florence, Kent State, l’Accademia Italiana, and Pepperdine University in Florence. In addition to teaching Italian language and culture classes at Syracuse Florence, she teaches at the Società Dante Alighieri (2015) where she received her PLIDA Examiner certification. Adriani has also been a private language tutor in Latin and Italian for Italian high school students since 1990.
Laurea in Economics, Università di Firenze
Lorenzo Benini is a Florentine entrepreneur who has run his own company, Kostelia srl, since 2005. The company is a leader in the fourth party logistics sector with many sister companies in different sectors of the economy (e.g. boat chartering, agriculture, and trading). After specializing in marketing at university, he worked from 1987 to 2004 in managerial roles within prestigious companies like SAMEC spa (Unilever Group), DECORLINE spa, and ALPI SERVIZIO MODA srl (Albini & Pitigliani Group). Most of his career has been spent in logistics and supply chain management. He has taught Industrial Technique and Supply Chain Management and Logistics at the University of Florence from 2004 to 2011, and Managing Global Supply Chains at CAPA Florence since 2015. Benini is the founder and operations manager of Purpose Trust Sostratos, which finances archaeological excavation, research, and restoration.
PhD in Art History, Harvard University
A specialist in the cultural history of Renaissance Mantua and the network of princely courts in early modern Italy, Molly Bourne has published numerous articles on artistic patronage, villa design, costume history, the domestic interior, cartography, and the history of sexuality at the Gonzaga court. Her books include Francesco II Gonzaga: The Soldier-Prince as Patron (2008) and, as co-editor, Encountering the Renaissance: Celebrating Gary M. Radke and 50 Years of the Syracuse University Graduate Program in Renaissance Art (2016). Bourne also serves as art history advisor for the open-source digital humanities project, Isabella d’Este Archive (IDEA). She has received fellowships from the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti and from the British Library, as well as the Harvard University Derek Bok Award for Excellence in Teaching. In addition to teaching classes for both graduates and undergraduates at Syracuse Florence, Bourne also coordinates the graduate program in Italian Renaissance art history.
MA, Istituto Statale d’Arte
Ezio Buzzegoli is Chief Painting Conservator at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure Laboratory in Florence where he has worked since 1969. He is specialized in the conservation of canvas and panel paintings and has been responsible for the restoration of works by artists including Michelangelo, Botticelli, Andrea del Sarto, Pontormo and Bronzino, as well as numerous research projects on new methods and materials for conservation. His many presentations and lectures at international conferences include the Fondazione Longhi and Villa I Tatti in Florence, the Courtauld Institute and the National Gallery in London. His research and restoration projects have been published in many catalogues and scientific journals, such as Studies in Conservation, and in technical bulletins including OPD Restauro and the London National Gallery’s Studying Old Master Paintings. Buzzegoli has been teaching courses in easel painting restoration at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure training center since 1978, and painting techniques and history of conservation at Syracuse University Florence since 1988. His artistic activity centers on multimedia objects and the digital elaboration of drawings and paintings. Presented in various exhibitions, his works may be found in private collections in Europe and America.
PhD in Architecture and Urbanism, Roma Tre University and the Architectural Association
Cosimo Campani is an Italian architect and researcher. In addition to tutoring Italian modern history of architecture at Syracuse Florence, he is also a research fellow at Autonomy UK. He doctoral work focused on the interaction between labor, architecture, and urbanism, particularly the historical implications of capitalist production. His PhD thesis called “Redneck Urbanism” spans from manufacturing and domestic work to automation and logistics. Throughout his career, he has lectured as a visiting professor at the Yale Architecture Advanced Design Studio (with Pier Vittorio Aureli) and organized courses and seminars on architectural and urban design at RomaTre University, Royal College of Art, and the Architectural Association. He took part in research projects in Russia (Derailed Lab), the Pearl River Delta, and California-Arizona-Nevada (Department of Ontological Theatre). His work has been exhibited at the Architecture and Landscape Biennial (Versailles), the FRAC Center (Orléans), Manifesta (Palermo), the Strelka Institute (Moscow), Saatchi Gallery (London), the Royal College of Art, and the Royal Institute of British Architects (London).
PhD in Architectural History and Conservation, La Sapienza University of Rome
Silvia Cattiti’s approach to research combines her background as an architect and architectural historian. In her research she focuses on the communicational power of architecture at both the ideological and practical level. She works on the analysis and graphic rendering of the dynamic relationship between the physical space and the individual, at three different scales: urban, architectural, and interior design. Her range of interests includes history of (ideas and approaches to) the physical environment in Early Modern and Modern Italy; Italian Renaissance architecture and architectural drawing; circulation of ideas; exchange among the visual arts in Early Modern Italy; history of residential typologies, kitchens, and design of private gardens; original display and viewing conditions of collections of objects; history of museum and exhibition installation design.
PhD in Psychology, University of Florence
Lidia Casado Ledesma is a postdoctoral researcher in Developmental and Educational Psychology at the University of Florence. Her research focuses on writing and reading processes, reasoning and learning processes, and instructional methods in scholarly settings. Recent publications include “Learning science through argumentative synthesis writing and deliberative dialogues: A comprehensive and effective methodology in secondary education”, Reading and Writing, co-authored with Cuevas, I. and Martín, E. (2021); “Teaching argumentative synthesis writing through deliberative dialogues: Instructional practices in secondary education”, Instructional Science, co-authored with Cuevas, I., Van den Bergh, H., Rijlaarsdam, G., Mateos, M., Granado- Peinado, M., and Martín, E. (2021).
MA in International Wine Marketing, IED – European Institute of Design
3rd level diploma, WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust)
Tommaso Ciuffoletti has worked for the Chamber of Deputies and the Regional Council of Tuscany. He has written about the agricultural market for the economic daily ItaliaOggi and was a columnist for the Tuscan edition of Corriere della Sera. For 8 years he was marketing manager of the Domini Castellare di Castellina group, which includes 4 major Italian wineries. Since 2017 he has been working at Treedom, of which he is now partner and Head of Content. Treedom is a company that plants trees in environmental and social sustainability projects and currently operates in 18 countries around the world, including Asia, Africa, Europe and Central and South America. In 2021, he founded his own winery in southern Tuscany, with which he started a project to reuse glass bottles and organizes a unique tasting event every year in which a panel of professional tasters sample wines by local farmers. He currently writes for Intravino, the most important Italian website dedicated to wine. He teaches the Master in Scientific Disclosure at the University of Siena and the Master in Green economy & sustainability management at Radar Academy. He has published Photos du XXe siècle: Une histoire en images (Eyrolles, 2015) and Giacomo Tachis e la luce di Galileo (Class Editori 2016).
MSc in Modern Art: History, Curating, Criticism, The University of Edinburgh
Art historian and contemporary art curator, Valeria D’Ambrosio’s research mainly focuses on promoting museum collections and multimedia archives. She has worked as an assistant curator in international museums, galleries and archives including the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, Pace Gallery in Beijing, and Archives Jean Painlevé in Paris. Since 2018 she has been collaborating with the Natural History Museum of Florence as a curator to promote the permanent scientific collections through contemporary art, technological innovation, audience development, and engagement practices. With her institutional assignments in public and private cultural institutions, she always associates an independent curatorial activity focused on the relationship between art, science, and sustainability. She is currently a Research Fellow at the National Institute of Nuclear Physics in Florence where she is curating a two-year cultural project in dialogue with physics, astrophysics, the history of science, and the varied languages of contemporary art to promote Villa Galileo, the 17th-century house where Galileo Galilei lived the last eleven years of his life under house arrest after the condemnation by the Holy Office.
PhD in History and Civilization, European University Institute
Laurea in Early Modern History from the University of Florence. Matteo Duni is the author of Tra religione e magia: Storia del prete modenese Guglielmo Campana (1460?-1541), (Firenze, Olschki, 1999), and Under the Devil’s Spell: Witches, Sorcerers, and the Inquisition in Renaissance Italy, Syracuse University in Florence, 2007 (Villa Rossa Series). Other publications include articles in scholarly journals such as Archivio Storico Italiano, Mélanges de l’École française de Rome, and Studies in Church History; as well as entries in reference works such as The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Western Tradition (Santa Barbara, CA, ABC-Clio, 2006), and Dizionario storico dell’Inquisizione (Pisa, Edizioni della Normale, 2011). With Dinora Corsi, he organized the international conference “Thou Shalt not Suffer a Witch to Live. Witches in Treatises and Trials (XIV-XVII centuries)”. He co-edited the proceedings Non lasciar vivere la malefica: Le streghe nei trattati e nei processi (secc. XIV-XVII), Firenze University Press in 2008 and (with Mario Biagioni and Lucia Felici) Fratelli d’Italia. Riformatori italiani del Cinquecento (Torino, Claudiana, 2011). With Guido Dall’Olio (Università di Urbino), Duni organized the international conference “Prescritto e proscritto: Religione e società nell’Italia moderna” (2013), and co-edited the proceedings (with Andrea Cicerchia and Guido Dall’Olio) Prescritto e proscritto. Religione e società nell’Italia moderna (XVI-XIX secolo (Roma, Carocci, 2015). Duni teaches classes on Italian Renaissance history and the history of witchcraft at Syracuse Florence.
Laurea in Literature and Philosophy, University of Florence
Rossella Falciai has taught in several US programs in Florence as well as technical schools in Belgium and France. She has a level II Master Itals in teaching language and culture to foreigners from the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and completed the program at the Nova Terra Coaching School in Brussels to become a Professional Certified Coach. She is a “mental coach” specialized in learning coaching and intercultural coaching. She is particularly interested in finding the best ways to transmit culture.
MFA, California College of Arts and Crafts
Marco Klee Fallani attended the Istituto d’Arte di Porta Romana and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence before getting his MFA in 1993. Fallani has participated in numerous shows in painting and sculpture, winning awards such as the Premio della Pittura from the city of Lucca. He worked as a set designer for Luca Ronconi’s production Lo Specchio, collaborated on the making of the monument to Joe Louis for the city of Detroit, and prepared the moulds and plaster casts of the Gugliemo pulpit for the Cathedral Works Museum of Pisa. His private works include a bronze portrait bust for a German government official, a series of paintings for Ron Dennis, and a large-scale painting, The Citation of the Mona Lisa, for the Gherardini Company. In 2005, Syracuse Florence commissioned him to sculpt a life-size figure in terracotta, The Huntress, for the Villa Rossa garden; and in 2006, he designed the set for the Syracuse University – Maggio Musicale operatic co-production of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. His paintings and sculptures have been exhibited in Italy, the U.S. and Netherlands. Fallani teaches sculpture, drawing and ceramics at Syracuse Florence.
PhD in Italian Studies, University of Glasgow
Before completing his doctorate in Scotland, Guglielmo Perfetti received a BA from La Sapienza University in Rome (2008) and an MA from Roma 3 University (2010). His research interests include Italian pop culture, cultural studies, youth culture, and the arts, especially music and cinema. He has taught students at various levels, including pre-teens and teens, undergraduate and postgraduate university students, older learners, and those suffering from life-changing conditions like dementia. He also works as a music event organizer and DJ and his been hosting the web radio show Radiostart since 2020.
Master of Architecture, Princeton University
Daniele Profeta is an Italian architect and designer. He is currently the Director of the Architecture Program of Syracuse University in Florence. He has previously taught at the Yale School of Architecture and at the Souther California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). Daniele is a partner at A/P Practice, a collaborative partnership with Maya Alam. Their projects combine everyday digital habits, contemporary imaging technologies and traditional craftsmanship to surpass an introverted conversation and open up novel forms of practice. Past work ranges from small scale public installations to sites of speculative re-use. Daniele holds a Master of Architecture from Princeton University and completed his undergraduate studies between La Sapienza University in Rome and KTH School of Architecture in Stockholm, where he graduated with Honors.
PhD in Machine Theory and Robotics, University of Florence
Alessandro Ridolfi is a PhD Researcher and Assistant Professor of Machine Theory and Robotics with the School of Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering (DIEF) at the University of Florence (UNIFI), Italy. At the beginning of his PhD he worked on railway vehicle localization and wheel-rail adhesion modelling. His current research interests are underwater and industrial robotics, sensor-based navigation of vehicles, mechanical systems modelling, vehicle dynamics and bio-robotics. Ridolfi has worked as a Researcher and Assistant of the Coordinator within the FP7 European project ARROWS (ARchaeological RObot systems for the World’s Seas, 2012-2015). He is Principal Investigator for the University of Florence for two European projects on Marine Robotics. He has co-authored over 100 scientific papers for international journals and conferences on robotics and mechatronic topics, with a focus on underwater robotics. Ridolfi currently teaches a course in “Dynamics” at Syracuse Florence (spring semester only).
PhD in Risk Management on the Built Environment, University of Florence and Technical University of Braunschweig
Luca Salvatori is Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation of Structures at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Florence. He is a consultant for structural engineering and computational-software development and is the designer of the computer-code SMARTmasonry. His scientific interests focus on the development and implementation of computational models. He has developed numerical schemes for bridge aerodynamics, dynamics of quasicrystals, concrete cracking, liquid-solid phase-transitions, optimization of shell structures, multiscale models, masonry structures, seismic analysis, cold-formed steel, computational geometry and topology, mesh generation. He currently teaches a course in “Mechanics of Solids” at Syracuse Florence (spring semester only).
Laurea in Classics, University of Pisa
Antonella Salvia completed a post-graduate degree at the Università “Ca’ Foscari”, Venice, in Pedagogy and Didactics for teaching Italian language and culture to foreigners (Master in italiano come lingua straniera). Her thesis was entitled “From Television Talk Shows to Cinema: Four Didactic Proposals. The Audio-Visual in Teaching Italian to Foreign Students.” She completed the DITALS (Didattica dell’italiano a stranieri) certification in the methodology of teaching Italian as a second language at the University for Foreigners of Siena. Salvia has been teaching Italian language courses since 2000, when she moved to Belgium to teach at the University of Brussels. After returning to Italy in 2001, she began teaching American students and since then has taught in several study abroad programs in Florence.
University of Florence Master’s degree in Economics
Born and raised in Florence, Niccolò Sbaraglia is an economist specialized in statistics and a production manager dedicated to luxury accessories with a niche in product communication strategy. After living in New York City for 8 years and having founded two companies , T-project showroom and PLUMA – ITALIA, Niccolò returned to Florence after accepting a teaching position in the Undergraduate and Master programs at Polimoda fashion school, for the course Craft to Business. He has worked as product manager of leather jackets for Kering Group. Later he was Head of Business & Art Direction Department at Polimoda and in 2020 was appointed Head of Commercial Development at Polimoda. Niccolò believes in the power of art and fashion to bring about dialogue among all cultures of the world.
Ph.D., Yale University
Marcello Simonetta has authored several books including his Medici trilogy, The Montefeltro Conspiracy (Doubleday, New York: 2007, translated into 10 languages), Volpi e Leoni. I Medici, Machiavelli e la rovina d’Italia (Bompiani, Milan: 2014, translated into 4 languages) and Caterina de’ Medici. Storia segreta di una faida famigliare (Rizzoli, Milan: 2018, translated into 4 languages). He has also published monographs on Petrarch and Machiavelli, Guicciardini, and Pier Luigi Farnese, and many scholarly articles. He has edited sources in Renaissance literary, historical, and diplomatic history. He currently manages the Arte del Negozio Project.