Giovanni was born in Florence, where he also attended the Liceo Classico. He attended the University of Pisa, where he earned his B.A. in Classics (July 2016, magna cum laude) and his M.A. in Classical Archaeology (July 2018, magna cum laude) with a dissertation on the votives found in the archaeological site of Kotilon, near Bassae (Arcadia, Greece). In Pisa he was also a student at the Scuola Normale Superiore, where he obtained his diploma in Classical Studies (Archaeology).
His education helped him develop an inter-disciplinary approach to the study of the ancient world. While for his B.A. Giovanni focused his studies on Greek and Latin literature, with a philological approach, during the M.A. his main field of research was Greek art and architecture. In his first research works he examined the relationship between images and texts in antiquity. In particular, for his B.A. thesis, he dealt with the Daochos monument at Delphi; he produced a literary commentary and an epigraphic edition of the epigrams inscribed on the base of the monument, trying to show how the interplay between statues and inscriptions is a prominent factor in achieving the self-promotion and representation of Daochos’ family. For his M.A. thesis, Giovanni studied the materials found in the shrines on the Kotilon attributed to Artemis and Orthasia in order to understand the development of the cult activity in the area and to elucidate how the "temple of Artemis" and the temple of Apollo Epikourios function together as a sanctuary. He enjoyed working on this project because it permitted him to integrate historical and literary sources with archaeological evidence (from architecture to numismatic, from epigraphy to statuary).
Giovanni also explored topics related to Roman art and archaeology as well as the relationship between Greek and Roman art. In particular, he is interested in examining the relationship between Greek originals and “Roman copies” within the debate about Kopienkritik and its methods.
During his M.A. he studied as an Erasmus student at the Institute of Archaeology (UCL) and worked as a volunteer at the British Museum, where his main task was to update the museum’s catalogue regarding the Hellenistic grave reliefs from Kerch that are preserved in the Greek and Roman collection. He also took part in the Erasmus + Traineeship program at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, working on a project about H. Schliemann’s papers and his relationship with Italy and Italian archaeologists.
In September 2017, as a Scuola Normale Student, Giovanni joined an archaeological survey in the area of the ancient city of Locri Epizephyrii in Calabria (Italy), contributing to the project also with a GIS study of the ancient road that connected Locri with Capo Bruzzano, whose route can be partly traced today through the modern toponym Dromos. Email Giovanni Lovisetto.