Gaia comes from a family of classical scholars and after finishing high school at a classical lyceum, and fascinated by Kant and Hegel, she enrolled in the Faculty of Physics. Then one day, just to accompany her high school sweetheart, there she was, attending a physics class, listening to a lecture by professor Giorgio Salvini. Three months later she dropped out of philosophy and enrolled in the faculty of physics at the university of Rome. Extremely young, she received a scholarship from the Lincei Academy and graduated with honors in elementary particle physics. She then obtained a Ph.D. in physics and landed a permanent job as experimental physicist in INFN's National Laboratories in Frascati. All of these achievements were accomplished in a short time span. Today she has a seven-year-old son, Marco, and works at CERN in the LHCb experiment where she's involved with high momentum measurement within the experiment and is in charge of muon identification.