Valentina Follo graduated summa cum laude in classical archaeology at La Sapienza, Università di Roma, and studied at the Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany before pursuing her master’s in pedagogy of antiquity from the University of Ferrara. She then obtained her PhD in art and archaeology of the Mediterranean world from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Follo has received several research grants and fellowships, including those from the Getty Foundation and the Bavarian State’s Ministry of Education and Culture.
Follo’s publications have focused on early modern, Fascist, and contemporary appropriation of ancient practices, particularly the reuse, adaptation, and emulation of Greco-Roman institutional, artistic, and architectural models. Her research interests also encompass the renascent legislative efforts to protect the cultural patrimony of postunification Italy, with special emphasis on the antiquities market between the United States and Italy.