Salvatore Giannella is a former editor of the magazines Europeo and Genius, and from 1986 to 1994 of Airone, a monthly magazine dealing with nature and civilisation. He edited the culture and science pages of the weekly Oggi, and from 2012 to 2017 the “My Heroes” column of Sette, the historic magazine attached to Corriere della Sera (a selection of his interviews has been collected by Minerva Publishing in the book “In viaggio con i maestri”, 2018).
For Chiarelettere he published “Voglia di cambiare”, about excellence in Europe, and “Operazione Salvataggio”, dedicated to the unsung heroes who saved works of art from wars. In 2017 BookTime issued his ‘Guida ai paesi dipinti di Lombardia’, with a preface by Flavio Caroli. He has written scripts for docufilms for the RAI programme “La storia siamo noi” and edited books for Tonino Guerra (“La valle del Kamasutra” and “Polvere di sole”, Bompiani) and Enzo Biagi (“Consigli per un paese normale”, Rizzoli). It was his idea to set up the Montefeltro Premio Rotondi to be awarded to those who have saved works of art, now at its 21st edition, as well as the small but significant MAio museum just outside Milan (dedicated to the 1,643 cultural treasures taken from Italy during the second World War and still prisoners of war). Art, science and positive stories are the subjects he deals with On his pioneering blog “Gianella Channel”.