Author, poet, script writer, film director, journalist, art critic. He graduated in medicine first and later political science. He lives in Rome and Taormina.
A sometime special correspondent, editor-in-chief of the culture desk of the TG 1 TV and GR 2 radio news programmes, and Assistant Director of the Italian state broadcaster Rai-Radiotelevisione Italiana, he has signed many special reports and documentary programmes for both radio and television, on cultural and political issues in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, USA and Latin America. He has a longstanding relationship with Africa, which often appears in his writings and his TV programmes, with memorable experiences that have inspired some of his works.
He has written short stories, poetry, plays and the scripts for many films and documentaries on, for example, Ezra Pound, Jean-Paul Sartre, Eugenio Montale, Diego Valeri, Lucio Piccolo, Gunther Grass and Rafael Alberti; "Antonello e lo spirito della pittura – Antonello and the Spirit of Painting" (RAI - Premio Italia); "Il signor Goethe, poeta e naturalista, in viaggio verso Messina – Herr Goethe, poet and naturalist, travelling toward Messina"; "Ritratto dell'eroe da giovane – A Portrait of the Hero as a Young Man"; "L'aquila nella cripta – The Eagle in the Crypt"; "Le fidanzate di Byron – Byron’s Fiancees"; "Caro Theo, caro Vincent – Dear Theo, Dear Vincent” (van Gogh); "L'invenzione dell'Occidente – The Invention of the West"; "Camere d'autore", special programmes on Flaubert, Pierre Loti, Agatha Christie, Evelyn Waugh and other writers; "Una certa idea di...", a series on the European capitals and other cities.
books include: "Una signora a tre gambe", Sciascia
(1966); "Le notti giganti", Rizzoli (1968); "Tenerezza
ed Hemingway", Tringale (1973); "Caffè Mozart", Cappelli
(1974); "Attuale estensione di Messina", Sciascia
(1975); "Tour Montparnasse", Editori Riuniti (1978);
"Storia della nave Artiglio", Giunti (1979); "La grande
mummia", Rusconi (1980); "Hallò", SEAT (1988); "Gli
astronomi", Sellerio (1989); "Venerina", Camunia (1993);
"Il meridiano della solitudine", Novecento (1996); "Un
amore di Gide", Aragno (2000); "La mappa del poeta",
Cesati (2000); "Porto Brandao", Rai Eri (2006).