Famous People Born In Bologna

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Guglielmo Marconi
(Inventor of 'Radio' and Winner of 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics)
Guglielmo Marconi
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Birthdate: April 25, 1874
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: July 20, 1937

Guglielmo Marconi was an Italian electrical engineer and inventor best remembered for his work on long-distance radio transmission. Marconi, who is credited with inventing the radio, was honored with the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in the field of wireless telegraphy. Also a businessman, Marconi founded the Wireless Telegraph & Signal Company in 1897. 

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Pier Paolo Pasolini
(Italian Filmmaker Known for His Radical Methods, Overtly Political and Often Scandalous Content)
Pier Paolo Pasolini
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Birthdate: March 5, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: November 2, 1975

Noted film director and actor Pier Paolo Pasolini had already gained fame as a poet and author before stepping into the entertainment industry. The openly gay filmmaker was known for his usage of non-professional actors and themes of sexuality. His brutal murder remains to be a controversial topic.

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Alex Zanardi
(Italian Motorsports Racing Driver)
Alex Zanardi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 23, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra

One of Italy’s best-known paracyclists and race car drivers, Alex Zanardi has four Paralympic gold medals in his kitty, apart from his 12 World Championship gold medals. Following a 2001 race car accident, he lost both his legs. The former Formula One racer has won CART Championships, too.

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Pierluigi Collina
(Italian Former Football Referee)
Pierluigi Collina
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 13, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Named "Best Referee of the Year" by FIFA for six consecutive times, Pierluigi Collina has a degree in economics from University of Bologne. His aptitude for the job was discovered when at seventeen he took up a course in refereeing and shortly began officiating in numerous high profile matches. Although retired, he is still involved with football in various capacities.

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Rossano Brazzi
(Actor)
Rossano Brazzi
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Birthdate: September 18, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: December 24, 1994
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Elettra Lamborghini
(Singer, Model)
Elettra Lamborghini
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 17, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus

Elettra Lamborghini began her career with TV reality shows such as Gran Hermano VIP and Super Shore. She later soared to fame with her chart-busting track Pem Pem, which was viewed over 4 million times in its debut week. Her track Tócame from Twerking Queen featured Grammy Award-winning rapper Pitbull.

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Luigi Galvani
(Italian Physician, Physicist, Biologist and Philosopher)
Luigi Galvani
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 9, 1737
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: December 4, 1798

Luigi Galvani was an Italian physician, biologist, physicist, and philosopher. He is credited with the discovery of animal electricity and is considered a pioneer of bioelectromagnetics. He and his wife made one of the first forays into the study of bioelectricity when they discovered that the muscles of dead frogs' legs twitched when struck by an electrical spark.  

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Ottorino Respighi
(Composer)
Ottorino Respighi
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 9, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: April 18, 1936
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Gianluca Pagliuca
(Association football player)
Gianluca Pagliuca
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 18, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Raffaella Carra
(Singer)
Raffaella Carra
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Birthdate: June 18, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: July 5, 2021

Raffaella Carra was an Italian singer, television presenter, dancer, and actress. She achieved immense popularity across Europe and Latin America during the peak of her illustrious career. An icon of women's liberation, Raffaella Carra supported the LGBT movement and was honored at the 2017 World Pride Madrid with the Gay Icon award.

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Giorgio Morandi
(Italian Painter and Printmaker Who Specialized in Still Life)
Giorgio Morandi
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Birthdate: July 20, 1890
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: June 18, 1964

Italian painter and printmaker Giorgio Morandi is best remembered for his remarkable still life paintings of subjects such as vases, boxes, bottles, and flowers. Though he was hugely inspired by the works of Paul Cézanne, his paintings, known for their gentle, subdued tones, do not fit in any specific school of painting.

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Lucio Dalla
(Former singer-songwriter who is best known for his original composition)
Lucio Dalla
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 4, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: March 1, 2012
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Veronica Lario
(Former actress, former wife of ex Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi)
Veronica Lario
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Birthdate: July 19, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
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Sara Errani
(Italian Professional Tennis Player)
Sara Errani
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 29, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Christian Vieri
(Italian Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Centre Forward)
Christian Vieri
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Luca Cordero di Montezemolo
(Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Lawyer, Racecar driver)
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo
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Birthdate: August 31, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo

Italian business magnate and former chairman of Ferrari and Fiat, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo was born into a Piedmontese aristocratic family. A Columbia law-degree holder, he had initially been a racing car driver for Fiat 500 in Italy. He has also chaired a committee for the Rome 2024 Olympic bid.

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Serena Grandi
(Actress)
Serena Grandi
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Birthdate: March 12, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Guido Reni
(Italian Baroque Painter Who Belonged to the Bolognese School)
Guido Reni
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Birthdate: November 4, 1575
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: August 18, 1642

Italian Baroque painter Guido Reni was a major figure of the Bolognese School. His subjects were predominantly mythological and religious figures. Initially inspired by Annibale Carracci, he later deviated to lighter colors and free brushwork. His iconic works include the fresco Aurora and the composition Atalanta and Hippomenes.

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Laura Bassi
(Italian Physicist)
Laura Bassi
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 29, 1711
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: February 20, 1778

Known as Bolognese Minerva, Laura Bassi became the first woman physics professor to have taught at a European university, when she started teaching at the University of Bologna. A child prodigy, she excelled in Latin and math at age 5. She was also the first lady with a doctorate in science.

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Annibale Carracci
(Italian Painter Known for His Works: ‘Butcher's Shop’, ‘The Beaneater’ and ‘An Allegory of Truth and Time’)
Annibale Carracci
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Birthdate: November 3, 1560
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: July 15, 1609

Born to a tailor, Annibale Carracci set up a painters’ studio named Accademia degli Incamminati with his brother and cousin, thus establishing the famous Carracci family of painters. A significant figure of the Baroque movement, he is remembered for his iconic works such as Domine, Quo Vadis?

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Matilda De Angelis
(Actress)
Matilda De Angelis
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Birthdate: September 11, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Alessandro Cortini
(Musician best known for being the keyboard, guitar, and bass player in the industrial band Nine Inch Nails)
Alessandro Cortini
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Imelda Lambertini
(Religious)
Imelda Lambertini
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 1, 1322
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: May 13, 1333
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Stefano Accorsi
(Actor)
Stefano Accorsi
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Birthdate: March 2, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Lavinia Fontana
(Painter)
Lavinia Fontana
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Birthdate: August 24, 1552
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: August 11, 1614
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Sebastiano Serlio
(Architect)
Sebastiano Serlio
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: September 6, 1475
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: 1554 AD
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Domenichino
(Painter)
Domenichino
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Birthdate: October 21, 1581
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: April 6, 1641
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Senhit
(Singer)
Senhit
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
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Elisabetta Sirani
(Painter)
Elisabetta Sirani
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Birthdate: January 8, 1638
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: August 28, 1665
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Cristina D'Avena
(Singer, Actress)
Cristina D'Avena
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 6, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
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Agostino Carracci
(Painter)
Agostino Carracci
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Birthdate: August 16, 1557
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: March 22, 1602
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Giorgio Bassani
(Novelist)
Giorgio Bassani
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 4, 1916
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: April 13, 2000
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Chiara Caselli
(Actress)
Chiara Caselli
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Birthdate: December 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Tomaso Antonio Vitali
(Composer)
Tomaso Antonio Vitali
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 7, 1663
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: May 9, 1745
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Guia Soncini
(Journalist)
Guia Soncini
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Birthdate: October 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
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Marcantonio Raimondi
(Engraver)
Marcantonio Raimondi
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Birthdate: 1480 AD
Died: 1534 AD
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Davide Moretti
(Basketball player)
Davide Moretti
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 25, 1998
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Ulisse Aldrovandi
(Naturalist)
Ulisse Aldrovandi
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Birthdate: September 11, 1522
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: May 4, 1605
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Gino Cervi
(Actor)
Gino Cervi
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Birthdate: May 3, 1901
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: January 3, 1974
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Pupi Avati
(Director)
Pupi Avati
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Birthdate: November 3, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Ludovico di Varthema
(Italian Traveller Known for Being One of the First Non-Muslim Europeans to Enter Mecca as a Pilgrim)
Ludovico di Varthema
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1470 AD
Died: 1517 AD

Italian traveler Lodovico de Varthema was one of the first non-Islamic Europeans to travel to Mecca for a pilgrimage, by either converting to Islam or pretending to. He also set foot in India and visited places such as Goa, Calicut, and Vijayanagar. He was eventually knighted for his achievements.

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Bruno Barbieri
(Italian Chef)
Bruno Barbieri
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Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: January 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Marcella Puppini
(Italian Singer and Songwriter)
Marcella Puppini
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Listed In: Musicians
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Ludovico Carracci
(Painter)
Ludovico Carracci
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Birthdate: April 21, 1555
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: November 13, 1619
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Rayyan Baniya
(Footballer defender position)
Rayyan Baniya
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 18, 1999
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Bettisia Gozzadini
(Jurist)
Bettisia Gozzadini
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 1209 AD
Died: November 2, 1261

Bettisia Gozzadini was an Italian jurist who served as a lecturer at the University of Bologna. She is widely believed to be the first woman to have served as a lecturer at a university. A renowned orator, Gozzadini gave a eulogy at the funeral of Enrico della Fratta on 31 May 1242. Bettisia Gozzadini was also renowned for her beauty. 

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Alessandro Pirzio Biroli
(Italian Army General and Professional Fencer)
Alessandro Pirzio Biroli
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 23, 1877
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: May 20, 1962

Alessandro Pirzio Biroli was an Italian army General and professional fencer. He is best remembered for winning a silver medal at the 1908 Olympic Games. As an army man, he played a prominent role in the First World War, where he fought in the Macedonian Front. Alessandro Pirzio Biroli is also remembered for his role in the Second Italo-Abyssinian War.    

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Properzia de Rossi
(Sculptor)
Properzia de Rossi
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Birthdate: 1490 AD
Died: 1530 AD
Properzia de' Rossi was an Italian sculptor whose works, especially her marble portrait busts, gained her popularity. De' Rossi was also a controversial figure; her life has generally been described as tumultuous and she was also accused of vandalism of a garden and assault of another sculptor named Amico Aspertini.
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Pope Gregory XIII
(Pope)
Pope Gregory XIII
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 7, 1502
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: April 10, 1585
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Alessandro Algardi
(Italian Sculptor)
Alessandro Algardi
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Birthdate: July 31, 1598
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: June 10, 1654

Alessandro Algardi was an Italian sculptor and a popular exponent of the high-Baroque style of architecture. Along with Pietro da Cortona and Francesco Borromini, Algardi was counted among the major rivals of another popular sculptor and architect, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Alessandro Algardi is best remembered for his portrait busts that have great dignity and vivacity.