Of humble birth , he received his first instruction by a priest of his village. Then he was admitted to the College of Jesuits in Piacenza, where he attended courses of grammar and arts. Then he entered the seminary of Piacenza where was ordained priest in 1842. He taught rhetoric, theology and philosophy in the same institute till 1845 when accepted the teaching of philosophy at the seminary of Borgo San Donnino. In this subject he was among the precursors of the neo-tomistic movement, writing a course of philosophy in Milan in 1856, that was adopted in many seminaries.
He was member of the chapter of San Donnino and was appointed diocesan vicar by Mons. Bosetti whose death he became capital vicar.. He maintained this charge for 14 years till when he was appointed bishop in November 1871. On next 28 January he was consecrated in his cathedral by the bishop of Piacenza, Antonio Ranza, assisted by the bishops of Cremona and Guastalla,Bonomelli and Benassi. While he was bishop he kept on teaching in the seminary where he founded the chairs of Greek, sacred eloquence, ecclesial history and Canonic Law.
On July, 7 1872 he consecrated his diocese to The Sacred Heart of Jesus. Two months later during a pilgrimage to the Marian sanctuary of Fontanellato he died. He was buried in the Chapter’s chapel in the Urban Cemetery of Borgo San Donnino and then in the cathedral in 1828.