Umberto began sailing at the age of 10 in the Adriatic Sea, following the path of the youth classes (a few singles, then mainly 420s), to move on to the Olympic discipline, first 470 then 49er, a class with which he became Italian champion, also achieving several top 10 world rankings. He then decided to try his hand at other types of boats and raced in several professional circuits. In 2021 he joined the Luna Rossa team thanks to the New Generation program. The one in Barcelona in 2024 will be his second America's Cup. He loves music and plays the piano (he went to the Conservatory). He is passionate about all water sports and skiing. If he were not a professional sailor, he would still choose an outdoor job. Although he studied economics the idea of working in an office does not excite him at all.