Adornato was born in Polistena. He graduated with a degree in philosophy. He is a journalist, director of the monthly Liberal.
In 1992 he was a founder and leader of the Democratic Alliance which has produced his election to the Chamber of Deputies in 1994.
On 8 June 1994 he founded and led the group Area,
an area of programmatic comparison (...) inspired liberal, Christian and environmentalist (...) elements as a bridge between the left opposition and the center opposition.
In March 1995 he founded and directed the monthly Liberal, which in May 1996 will be supported by the Adeline Foundation. Between 1996 and 2001, Adorno did not engage in politics in parliament, and merely played the role of journalist and director of Liberal. From 1999 he writes for Avvenire, and also writes for Il Giornale since 2000. He moved gradually into the center and in 2001, after being re-elected deputy of the Casa delle Libertà, in the College of Portogruaro, where a majority adheres to Forza Italy.
He is one of the main promoters of the single party of moderates (Casa dei Moderati), a popular European-inspired political entity that can aggregate the major parties, Democrat and Conservative movements in addition to the political authorities. In the election of 2006, he is re-nominated in the constituency VIII with Forza Italy (Veneto 2) and is re-elected. In relation to the birth of the new Popolo della Libertà, he expressed his intention not to participate in this political project:
This is not the unitary project we were working on, which should also include AN and UDC, but a personalistic party, the second edition of Forza Italy. Italy needs seriousness, and not improvisations, one can not dismiss a party and a political project in three minutes from the running board of a car.
Following this statement on February 1, 2008, he left Force Italy to join the UDC. On 4 February 2008 he joined the SVP parliamentary group and start campaigning for the party of Casini.
He was under investigation for illegal building along with his wife Maria Teresa Elia, as he proceeded, and obtained from four hundred feet square of excavation of a mound in a postwar building, adjacent to the "regular" apartment, in the district Aventine in Rome. According to Dia presented by the spouse of Adorno work was concerned only the "replacement of existing sewerage pipes and surface arrangement of the garden." The apartment, however, contains a sauna with swimming-pool for four people and a living room with kitchenette.
- "ADORNATO Ferdinando", DATI PERSONALI ed INCARICHI in ATTO nella LEGISLATURA
- Corriere della Sera, 22 novembre 2007
- La Repubblica, 15 Novembre 2008