Hailing from Pont-Saint-Martin in the Aosta Valley of north-west Italy, Matteo spent much of his childhood in the mountains surrounding his small village. Benefitting form family holiday homes in other parts of the region, Matteo grew up exploring many of the nearby wild places year-round. It wasn't until his university years in Turin that Matteo discovered climbing, a passion that led him to abandon his plans of becoming an architect to seek out a life in the Alps. Matteo has worked as a ski instructor since 1999 and by 2010 had become a fully qualified UIAGM-IFMGA mountain guide, a career he has pursued with zeal ever since.
Matteo's impressive résumé also includes working as a Technical Mountain Rescue Technician in the Aosta Valley and a forecaster for the local Avalanche Bulletin.
When he is not in the mountains, Matteo can be found travelling around in his converted van, practising his photography skills and, when the weather is good, hanging out by the river with his rod and flies.