(1716—1796) was an Italian antiquary, born at Savignano di Romagna (now Savignano sul Rubicone
), and educated at Cesena
, and Rome
. On his return to Savignano he wrote two Dissertazione
(Faenza, 1761-63) to prove that the Rubicon
was the river Savignano. He also published a Dissertazione sul castro Mutilo degli Antichi Galli e sul Passagio d'Annibale per l'Appennino
, at Bologna in 1776.
Appointed to inspect the press at Pesaro, he published a collection of classics, his Biblioteca di Storia Letteraria, 6 vols, 8vo, 1768. However, his best known dissertation is that De Restitutione Purpurarum, in which he investigates the purple dye of the ancients very profoundly. In 1786, he became professor of the Pandects at Ferrara, which he retained till his death. He left two sons, both of literary reputation.