Vittorio Goretti is a retired teacher of physics and mathematics at secondary school level in Bologna. He has discovered 32 main-belt asteroids, nine of them assigned permanent numbers as of April 2011. He is a member of the Cortina Astronomical Association (Associazione Astronomica Cortina) and is also a collaborator with the Minor Planet Center (MPC) at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory monitoring near-Earth Asteroids brighter than magnitude 18.0 V under the auspices of Division III of the International Astronomical Union at his own Pianoro Observatory (MPC Observatory 610).
The main-belt asteroid 7801 Goretti has been named in his honour. Naming citation was published on 16 October 1997 (M.P.C. 30803).