Antonio was born into a traditional Roman Catholic family. He is married to Anna and they have three adult children: Tea, Leonardo and Ester.
Antonio was converted by reading the Bible. As a result, his parents disowned him and his wife left him for a while. Undeterred, he kept praying for them and in 1982 his wife and mother professed faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Since then, several other family members have professed faith, including all three of his children.
As a result of his personal evangelistic efforts, a group of believers began to meet in Peschici, a town on the Adriatic coast. In 1992 a church was formed, with Antonio as pastor. He continues there to this day. He also helps a church in the town of Manfredonia, about fifty miles from Peschici. He holds home Bible studies in Vieste, where there are twelve believers.
Since 2001, Antonio has spearheaded a pioneer work in Vico del Gargano, where he lived for some years. Many of his friends and family still live there, as do nearly all of Anna’s seven sisters and two brothers.