Dino Buzzati was born in 1906 in the village of San Pellegrino in the Dolomite mountains near the city of Belluno, where his family owned a summer home. He spent many summers there as he grew up, and he never lost his taste for hiking and mountain climbing. His father, Giulio Cesare Buzzati, was a professor of international law at the University of Pavia, and his son also took a degree in law at the University of Milan. Dino Buzzati chose another path, however, and became a journalist with the Milanese newspaper Corriere della Sera in 1928. Most of his life he worked with that newspaper as an editor, reporter, correspondent, and critic. He reported on warfare in Ethiopia, and during World War II, he was a correspondent reporting on several important sea battles from the deck of the cruiser Fiume and other navy ships. At the age of sixty, he married Almerina Antoniazzi, who edited his papers and his sixty-three diaries after his death in 1972.