Riccardo was born in Bologna, Italy and currently resides in the city of Milan. He studies International Law at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan. After being active internationally with the student association of UDC, and being a member at the European Democrat Students, Riccardo was appointed International Secretary of Giovani UDC in 2010. He is also a member of the national board. In 2011 he was elected financial auditor of YEPP and in 2013, Vice President of YEPP. Since the age of 20, he has been representing UDC at four congresses of the European People's Party, under the leadership of Pier Ferdinando Casini. He is also the party's representative at the EPP Political Assembly. Riccardo was organizer of the Centrist Democrat International congress in Rome in 2012 and is also co-responsible for the creation of a youth network of CDI. He is also a member of the international committee of the Italian Youth Council.
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