He was born in Italy and immigrated to Canada in 1951 via Pier 21 in Halifax. He lived in Toronto where he attended public school. He returned to Italy in 1966 to pursue his studies at the University of Naples Eastern University, graduating in Languages, Literatures and Institutions of Western Europe with highest honors. Mr. Blasi became assistant professor in the Orient teaching English literature and in 1996 he withdrew from the Italian school system to become a freelance teacher by setting up courses in Ceprano, Alatri and Frosinone, in central Italy.
Since 1986 he has conducted studies on the Second World War, focusing particularly on the fronts of Anzio and Cassino. He worked for the Canadian Embassy in Rome and for the Ministry of Veteran Affairs in Canada. He was a consultant for six documentaries on the Cassino and Anzio fronts: for Frantic Films-Winnipeg, CSOR-Petawawa, FSSF Association, Treehouse dream and War Junk.
Since 2006 he has organized trips to Italy and France for the FSSF Association and for New Zealand veterans. Blasi participated in Operation Husky 2013 in Sicily for the commemoration of the landing and fighting of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division from Porto Palo to Catania and was honored by the Canadian Senate in 2014 for his collaboration with the Canadian Forces in the Liri Valley in 1944. Gianni Blasi was an integral part in the making of the documentary in Montecassino. A fountain of historical knowledge.