is a contemporary Italian scholar of ancient Italy and, in particular, the Etruscan civilization
Etruscan civilization is the modern English name given to a civilization of ancient Italy in the area corresponding roughly to Tuscany. The ancient Romans called its creators the Tusci or Etrusci...
Colonna is a professor at the Sapienza University of Rome where he has taught since 1980. He took his first degree at Rome in 1957, studying under Massimo Pallottino
Massimo Pallottino was an Italian archaeologist specializing in Etruscan civilization and art....
. He studied further at Rome and Athens and was then archaeological superintendent of south Etruria from 1964 until 1972. He has carried out numerous fieldwork campaigns in Etruria (Blera, Bisenzio, Bolsena, Montefiascone, Tuscania, Cerveteri, Ladispoli, Veii) and in other locations (Arcinazzo Romano, Saepinum, valle del Sinello, Festòs). With his wife, Elena Di Paolo, he excavated the necropolis at Viterbo and published two volumes: Castel d’Asso
(1970) and Norchia I
He is well known for his work on the Etruscan site of Veii
Veii was, in ancient times, an important Etrurian city NNW of Rome, Italy; its site lies in Isola Farnese, a village of Municipio XX, an administrative subdivision of the comune of Rome in the Province of Rome...
and the temple of Apollo at that site. He has also carried out extensive work at Pyrgi
Pyrgi was an ancient Etruscan port in Latium, central Italy, to the north-west of Caere. Its location is now occupied by the burgh of Santa Severa....
and is the author of numerous articles and books, now numbering more than 300. Colonna is a member of the Accademia dei Lincei
The Accademia dei Lincei, , is an Italian science academy, located at the Palazzo Corsini on the Via della Lungara in Rome, Italy....
He is a member of the Accademia nazionale dei Lincei. In 2005 he was honored with a massive, 4-volume, 2,695 page collection of his work and writing entitled Italia ante Romanum imperium: scritti di antichità etrusche, italiche e romane (1958-1998)