May 26, 1928, Tuscany, Italy
Mario Vassalle was born in Viareggio, a lovely seaside resort on the Tyrrhenian coast of Tuscany, not far from Pisa, Lucca and Florence, where the golden sand and the azure of the sea is crowned by the majesty of the nearby mountains. There, he grew and received his elementary and high school education. He attended the Liceo Classico, which, in those formative years of his youth, shaped his heart and mind with long lasting effects: to this day, he is deeply grateful for instilling in him the love of beauty and a passion for clarity.
He then enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Pisa, where, once he obtained his MD degree, he was an assistant in Medicine for some 5 years.