Metr. Basilio was born on July 18, 1937 in Vittoria (near Ragusa, Sicily). In 1981 he was ordained a priest in the Russian Orthodox Church. In 1995 he became bishop of Ostia under the Old Calendarist Holy Synod of Milan. In 1996 he became Archbishop of Ostia.
In 2008 he joined the Orthodox Church in Italy, as vicar of Metropolitan Antonio and Archbishop of Florence. After Metropolitan Antonio's death, on 16 March 2009 he became the new Archbishop of Ravenna and L'Aquila and Metropolitan of Italy.
- Ortodossia Italiana (Italian)