|Antonio was born in
Fiume (now Rijeka) of
Istro-Romanian ancestry on both sides of his family.
His father, Natale Dianich lu
was born in Valdarsa -
wherease his mother,
Maria Liubicich lu Petrhulj was from Costerciani - Kostrčan.
Antonio's paternal grandfather was Giuseppe Dianich from Valdarsa -
who married his grandmother, Maria Cvecich lu Blažinci, also
from Valdarsa - Sušnjevica.
His maternal grandfather,
Giovanni Liubicich lu Petrhulj was from Koštrčan. He married Antonio's grandmother,
Maria Stroligo lu Čuban, who came from Boška, a hamlet near
Kostrčan. That hamlet is also near the parish church of
Antonio left Fiume with his
family 1948 as part of the Exodus from Yugoslavia, and for the
next five years lived in refugee camps in Italy.
He then studied at the University of Pisa where he pursued a a
doctorate degree in Philology and Latin Literature, and in the
"Scuola Normale Superiore", for which he received a
teacher's license in
Christian Archeology. He has taught in the high schools of
Italy, Madrid, Spain, and Istanbul, Turkey.
Antonio recently retired as professor of Italian and Latin
Languages and Literature.
He has one sibling,
Severino Dianich, who is a famous
priest and theologian who also resides in Pisa. He also has been a
close lifetime friend of don
Alberto Cvecich (1921-2007), a famous Istro-Romanian in his
Among his professional achievements
is the following dictionary in 2011: