Italian Celebrities Born In May

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Niccolò Machiavelli
(Diplomat & Philosopher Best Known for His Political Treatise 'The Prince')
Niccolò Machiavelli
35
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 3, 1469
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: June 22, 1527
Italian Renaissance philosopher, diplomat, and author Niccolò Machiavelli is remembered for his work The Prince. He believed that the end or the intention behind any action justifies the action. He gave rise to the term Machiavellianism, which signifies the use of deceit and treachery to achieve one’s goals. 
 2 
Andrea Pirlo
(Italian Professional Football Coach and Former Player Who Played as a Midfielder)
Andrea Pirlo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Flero, Italy

Italian professional football coach and former player. Andrea Pirlo, is currently the head coach of football club Juventus. As a player, he was known for his ball control. He retired after playing 116 matches for the Italian national football team. He was elected into the Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2019.

 3 
Donatella Versace
(Fashion Designer and Chief Creative Designer of the Luxury Fashion House 'Versace')
Donatella Versace
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: May 2, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Reggio Calabria, Italy
Donatella Versace, sister of the founder of the Italian fashion brand Versace, Gianni Versace, inherited the company after Gianni’s murder in 1997. Donatella is now the company’s chief creative officer. She supports Elton John’s AIDS Foundation and was the first woman to win the GQ Designer of the Year award. 
 4 
Aldo Gucci
(Businessman, Fashion designer)
Aldo Gucci
7
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: May 26, 1905
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Died: January 19, 1990
 5 
Claudio Monteverdi
(Composer, String player and Choirmaster Who Was a Pioneer in the Development of Opera)
Claudio Monteverdi
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 9, 1567
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cremona, Italy
Died: November 29, 1643

Claudio Monteverdi was an Italian string player, composer, choirmaster, and priest. His pioneering work in the development of opera and his letters, which gives an insight into the life of Italian musicians from the era, makes him a significant historical figure. He is also considered an important transitional figure between the two important periods of music history, Renaissance and Baroque. 

 6 
Germanicus
(Roman General)
Germanicus
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 24, 0015
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: October 10, 0019
Germanicus Julius Caesar, son of Nero Claudius and Antonia the Younger, was a Roman general. He was known for his chiseled physique and his military prowess. He took over the provinces of Cappadocia and Commagene, and also proceeded to fight against the governor of Syria, before he died of poisoning.
 7 
Franco Baresi
(Football Coach and Football Player)
Franco Baresi
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Travagliato, Italy
 8 
Roberto Rossellini
(Film director, Actor, Film producer, Playwright, Screenwriter, Racecar driver)
Roberto Rossellini
3
Birthdate: May 8, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rome
Died: June 3, 1977

One of the pioneers of neo-realism, Italian filmmaker Roberto Rossellini was part of the French nouvelle vague movement. Born to the man who had set up Italy’s first cinema, Rossellini later grew up to make films such as Rome, Open City. He was also known for his scandalous affair with Ingrid Bergman.

 9 
Alida Valli
(Former Actress who appeared in more than 100 films in a 70-year career)
Alida Valli
4
Birthdate: May 31, 1921
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pola, Italy
Died: April 22, 2006
 10 
Valentino
(Italian Fashion Designer Known for Garments in His Trademark 'Valentino Red')
Valentino
5
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: May 11, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Voghera, Italy

Valentino is an Italian fashion designer. He is credited with founding the popular luxury fashion house Valentino S.p.A. A prominent and influential fashion designer, Valentino has received several prestigious awards throughout his career. He is the recipient of the Couture Council Award and the Golden Plate Award. 

 11 
Paolo Sorrentino
(Italian Film Director, Screenwriter, and Writer)
Paolo Sorrentino
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Birthdate: May 31, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Naples, Italy

Though he wasn’t trained in a film school, Paolo Sorrentino created some of the most iconic movies of world cinema, including the Academy Award-winning The Great Beauty. His films often feature Toni Servillo, have obscure plots, and have prologues extending more than 10 minutes before the main title.

 12 
Elettra Lamborghini
(Singer, Model)
Elettra Lamborghini
5
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 17, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy

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.

 13 
Zita of Bourbon-Parma
Zita of Bourbon-Parma
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 9, 1892
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tuscany, Italy
Died: March 14, 1989
 14 
Laura Pausini
(Pop Singer Known for Her Single ‘La Solitudine')
Laura Pausini
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Faenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Laura Pausini is an Italian television personality and singer-songwriter. Having sold over 70 million records, Pausini is the fourth best-selling female singer in Latin music. In 2006, Pausini became the first female Italian musician to receive a Grammy Award. In 2021, her song Io sì (Seen) became the first Italian-language song to win the Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

 15 
Violante Placido
(Actress most famous for her roles in films like the comic book adaptation Ghost Rider and its sequel, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance)
Violante Placido
1
Birthdate: May 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
 16 
Maria Gaetana Agnesi
(First Woman to Write a Mathematics Handbook and the First Woman Appointed as a University Mathematics Professor)
Maria Gaetana Agnesi
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Birthdate: May 16, 1718
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: January 9, 1799

Italian mathematician Maria Gaetana Agnesi, daughter of an affluent silk trader, was well-versed in a number of languages as a child. Most of her work was regarding algebra, calculus, and the Witch of Agnesi. She was also the first female academic to write a math book and to teach math.

 17 
Angelo Ogbonna
(Italian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Centre-Back)
Angelo Ogbonna
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cassino, Italy
 18 
Bartolomeo Cristofori
(Italian Musical Instrument Maker Known for Inventing the Piano)
Bartolomeo Cristofori
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Birthdate: May 4, 1655
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Padua, Italy
Died: January 27, 1731
 19 
Amadeo I of Spain
(King)
Amadeo I of Spain
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Birthdate: May 30, 1845
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Royal Palace of Turin, Turin, Italy
Died: January 18, 1890
 20 
Andrea de Cesaris
(Italian Racing Driver)
Andrea de Cesaris
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 31, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: October 5, 2014

Andrea de Cesaris, who had represented multiple Formula One teams, went down in history as the racer with the most Grand Prix starts without a single win. Post-retirement, he worked as a currency broker. He made headlines again when he dies in a motorcycle accident on a Rome highway.

 21 
Carlo Rovelli
(Italian Theoretical Physicist and Writer)
Carlo Rovelli
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 3, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Verona, Italy

Carlo Rovelli is an Italian theoretical physicist and writer. He is active mainly in the field of quantum gravity and is a founder of loop quantum gravity theory. He also has experience working in the history and philosophy of science. His popular science book, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, has sold over a million copies worldwide. 

 22 
Marcelo Huertas
(Basketball player)
Marcelo Huertas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 25, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil
 23 
Anna Maria Alberghetti
(Actress, Soprano)
Anna Maria Alberghetti
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 15, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pesaro, Italy
 24 
Gabriele Amorth
(Italian Catholic Priest)
Gabriele Amorth
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 1, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Modena, Italy
Died: September 16, 2016

Exorcist and Catholic priest Gabriele Amorth had been in charge of countless exorcisms in his career of over 6 decades. The founder-president of the International Association of Exorcists, he had also penned a few books on his experiences as an exorcist and had been part of World War II, too.

 25 
Piero Ferrari
(Entrepreneur, Engineer)
Piero Ferrari
5
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: May 22, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Castelvetro di Modena
 26 
Giovanni Falcone
(Magistrate, Judge, Lawyer)
Giovanni Falcone
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: May 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Palermo
Died: May 23, 1992

Giovanni Falcone was an Italian judge, who spent several years of his professional life trying to overthrow the power of the Sicilian Mafia. He studied law at the University of Palermo and had a brilliant career. He eventually became a prosecuting magistrate and was involved in a long legal battle with the Sicilian Mafia. He was assassinated in 1992. 

 27 
Gaetano Scirea
(Association football player, Scout, Association football manager)
Gaetano Scirea
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 25, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cernusco sul Naviglio
Died: September 3, 1989
 28 
Massimo Ambrosini
(Football player - Midfielder)
Massimo Ambrosini
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 29, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pesaro, Italy
 29 
Pontormo
(Italian Mannerist Painter and Portraitist)
Pontormo
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Birthdate: May 24, 1494
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Empoli, Italy
Died: January 2, 1557

Pontormo was an Italian Mannerist painter and portraitist from the Florentine School. His style was remarkably different from what characterized the art of the Florentine Renaissance. Orphaned young, he struggled for several years before he was able to establish his painting career. He painted many altarpiece canvases and frescoes, of which only a few survive today. 

 30 
Federica Masolin
(Journalist)
Federica Masolin
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Birthdate: May 7, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Federica Masolin is an Italian television presenter and sports journalist. She currently works for Sky Sport where she is the main presenter of the network's coverage of Formula One racing. Masolin has also covered other important sporting events like the 2011 Copa América, Games of the XXX Olympiad, and the 2014 Winter Olympics.

 31 
Chiara Mastroianni
(Actress)
Chiara Mastroianni
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Birthdate: May 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
 32 
Edward Lear
(English Artist, Illustrator, Musician and Poet)
Edward Lear
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Birthdate: May 12, 1812
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Holloway, Middlesex, England
Died: January 29, 1888

Renowned for his absurdism and wit, Edward Lear was a British poet who popularized literary nonsense. A talented painter, too, he had worked for the London Zoo, illustrating birds, and had later released illustrated travel books. A pioneer of the modern limerick, he penned the iconic poem The Owl and the Pussycat.

 33 
Pio of Pietrelcina
(Italian Saint)
Pio of Pietrelcina
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 25, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pietrelcina, Italy
Died: September 23, 1968

Born Francesco Forgione, Pio of Pietrelcina changed his name after joining the Capuchin order at age 15. He later became famous for exhibiting stigmata, marks on his body symbolizing the wounds of Jesus. He is revered as the patron saint of adolescents and civil defense volunteers.

 34 
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
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
 35 
Lorenzo Quinn
(Sculptor)
Lorenzo Quinn
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Birthdate: May 7, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Lorenzo Quinn is an Italian sculptor whose works can be seen in places like the UK and Spain. Apart from being a sculptor, Quinn also works with charity organizations and donates his sculptures to charitable causes. He is also credited with designing MOTO GP championships' Ride The World trophy. A multi-talented personality, Quinn also co-owns a restaurant named Galeria Gastronomica.

 36 
Victor Amadeus I, Duke of Savoy
(Victor Amadeus I)
Victor Amadeus I, Duke of Savoy
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Birthdate: May 8, 1587
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: October 7, 1637
 37 
Adriano Giannini
(Actor, Voice actor)
Adriano Giannini
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Birthdate: May 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
 38 
Valeria Bilello
(Actress)
Valeria Bilello
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Birthdate: May 2, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sciacca, Sicily, Italy
 39 
Jason Acuña
(Stunt performer, TV presenter)
Jason Acuña
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Birthdate: May 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pisa, Italy

Better known as Wee Man, the 4-foot American stunt man Jason Acuña is a professional skater and now a well-known TV personality. Suffering from a form of dwarfism called Achondroplasia, he uses a mini skateboard. Known for his appearance on Jackass, he now also owns an LA restaurant.

 40 
Michele Placido
(Actor)
Michele Placido
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Birthdate: May 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ascoli Satriano, Italy
 41 
Gian Gastone de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany
(Duke)
Gian Gastone de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 24, 1671
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pitti Palace, Florence, Italy
Died: July 9, 1737
 42 
Mario Monicelli
(Film director)
Mario Monicelli
1
Birthdate: May 16, 1915
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: November 29, 2010
 43 
Leo Lionni
(Author)
Leo Lionni
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Birthdate: May 5, 1910
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: October 11, 1999
 44 
Isabella d'Este
(Political Figure)
Isabella d'Este
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 19, 1474
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ferrara, Italy
Died: February 13, 1539
 45 
Gabriele Muccino
(Film director, Screenwriter)
Gabriele Muccino
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Birthdate: May 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rome
 46 
Cosimo II
(Duke of Tuscany)
Cosimo II
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 12, 1590
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pitti Palace, Florence, Italy
Died: February 28, 1621
 47 
José Mauri
(Football player - Midfielder)
José Mauri
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 16, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Realicó, Argentina
 48 
Massimo Moratti
(Association football player, Entrepreneur, Businessperson)
Massimo Moratti
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 16, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bosco Chiesanuova
 49 
Luca Toni
(Italian Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Striker)
Luca Toni
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pavullo Nel Frignano, Italy
 50 
Pope Pius XI
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Birthdate: May 31, 1857
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Desio, Italy
Died: February 10, 1939

A man who believed in the motto “The peace of Christ in the kingdom of Christ,” Pope Pius XI was also an avid scholar. His reign witnessed the rise of Benito Mussolini and the signing of the Lateran Treaty, which recognized Vatican City as an independent nation state.