Born in Rome on November 18, 1940, fourth generation of a family of Pavia lawyers, as far as Bridge is concerned he is the son of art, as his mother Anna Claudia was the Italian bridge champion.
He studied at the Liceo Classico Ugo Foscolo in Pavia and graduated in law from the University of the same city. In his youth he played basketball in the first national division.
Widower and remarried with Claudia Todeschini (with him in the photo on the right), when he is not around the world to represent the WBF he lives in Milan.
After having been a Director of the Bar Association for almost twenty years and an administrator of the National Forensic Welfare Fund for eight years, he practiced law until 2001 when he left the firm to his son Gianmatteo.
In his youth he practiced basketball playing in the Championship of Excellence and this sporting experience brought him closer to what would have been the greatest love of his life: Bridge.
He became interested in the game soon after graduating from law school but soon shifted his focus from competitive to administration, joining the federal council in 1979.
In 1986 he became President of the FIGB, a position he would keep until 2009, while in 1995 he joined the Executive Committee of the EBL of which he later became President in 1999.
Under the first part of its Presidency, the Federation has experienced a great season tripling its members, but, in the last period, there has been, instead, a clear decline of the same and there have been strong criticisms of its work, for many too much aimed at achieving sporting results and little at the support of the Associations which, within the framework of the federal organization, have the task of promoting and disseminating the game in the country.
Perhaps it is precisely these criticisms that have led, albeit by a few votes, to his non-re-election in favor of his successor Giuseppe Tamburi.
Rona took his personal revenge with the election as President of the WBF matured in the same year with effect from 2011, after having been Director and Vice President since 2003, the year in which he was unanimously elected by the International Bridge Press Association: "Man of the Year ". He now 82 years old he left the most prestigious position in the world in bridge in 2022.
He was also Technical Commissioner of the Open Bridge National Team from 1984 to 1986 and was elected to the WBF Honor Committee..