Emilia Guarnieri was born in 1947 in Italy. She attended the faculty of Modern Humanities at the University of Bologna, where she graduated with honors in 1969. She immediately started to teach Italian literature and Latin in high school.
In 1980 she was one of the co-founders of the Meeting for Friendship among People and she took on the role of head of the cultural program. Since 1993 she has also been the President of the foundation that organizes the week-long Rimini Meeting. Since then, she has been traveling around the world (just to mention a few cities—Moscow, Jerusalem, Paris, Berlin, Prague) as an ambassador for the Rimini Meeting and for the ideal that moves her and all those who help with the event.
In 2003 the President of Italy conferred upon her the honor of “Commendatore dell’Ordine al Merito” of the Italian Republic and in 2004 she was awarded the “Sigismondo d’Oro,” the most important honor of the City of Rimini in Italy.
Emilia is married, has two daughters, and resides in Rimini.