In 1997, Valeria graduated with the highest first-class honours degree (110/110 cum laude) at the Faculty of Architecture of Palermo and got her Specialization in Restoration of historical buildings. In 2000, she completed a Master’s Degree on Religious Art in Sicily at the Theological Faculty of Sicily (dependent on the Vatican). Then, Valeria worked as an architect specialized in Restoration (1997-2015) and taught Art-related subjects at Abadir Academy (2005-2008), at State school (2008-2016), and at the Theological Faculty of Palermo (2007-2016, every second year). Meanwhile, she published nine papers on religious architecture and its relationship with the urban context, financially supported first by the Abadir Academy (1999-2009) and later by the Theological Faculty (2012-2015).
Two years ago, Valeria concentrated on the overlapping realms of sacred and secular in baroque architecture. To have an international sharing, she gave a paper at the conference Domestic Devotions in the Early Modern World organized by the University of Cambridge (9-11 July 2015) and one at the conference Reinterpreting Cities organised by the European Association of Urban History in Helsinki (24-27 August 2016). The first explored the domestic devotional spaces in Palermo’s noble residences and was selected to be published (Brill publishing, 2017), the second investigated the morphology of seventeenth-century Palermo as a phenomenon of appropriation of the public space in terms of religious devotion. Since September 2016, Valeria started a PhD programme at the University of York, under the supervision of Helen Hills. Her doctoral thesis delves into the interconnections between architecture, devotion, and family life in Baroque Palermo.