Giada De Laurentiis is an Italian-American chef, restaurateur, television personality, and writer. She won the Gracie Award under the Best Television Host category for hosting Giada at Home. The founder of a catering business called GDL Foods, Giada De Laurentiis has been an influential figure in the American culinary business over the last few years.
One half of the popular Sprouse twin, Dylan Sprouse is an actor and entrepreneur. Identifying himself as a Heathen, Dylan Sprouse co-founded All-Wise Meadery, the name of which is an allusion to Heathenry. Also a comic book enthusiast, the first issue of his comic book named Sun Eater would be released by DiGa Studios and Heavy Metal.
Maria Montessori was an Italian educator and physician best known for developing the Montessori method of education, a student-friendly method, which is being used in several public and private schools around the world. In 2020, she was nominated by Time magazine as one of their Top 100 Women of the year.
Antonio Salieri was an Italian classical composer, conductor, and teacher considered a key figure in the development of late 18th-century opera. He was a protégé of eminent composer Christoph Willibald Gluck. For several years, he served as the director of the Italian opera by the Habsburg court. His works were performed widely across Europe during his lifetime.
Son of a reputed senator and lawyer in Italy, Amedeo Avogadro was himself a qualified lawyer. However, he later delved into research as a mathematical physicist and is best remembered for laying down the Avogadro’s law, contributing to the molecular theory of gases. The Avogadro constant is named after him.
Domenico Dolce, part of the world-renowned fashion designer duo Dolce & Gabbana, was born into a family of Italian tailors. Dolce dropped out of fashion school to venture into independent work. He and his partner, Stefano Gabbana, whom he had met at a nightclub, were previously in an open relationship.
Beatrice Borromeo is an Italian fashion model and journalist. She has worked for major publications like Newsweek. She has also walked for luxury fashion brands like Trussardi, Valentino, and Chanel. In 2021, Beatrice Borromeo was made the ambassador for Dior.
Apart from winning an award at the Cannes Film Festival for Love and Anarchy, Giancarlo Giannini has also been nominated for an Academy Award for Seven Beauties. He also boasts of an electronics degree. His flair for languages has helped him work as an Italian dubber for actors such as Al Pacino.
Carlo Gambino was an Italian-American kingpin of the famous Gambino crime family. He took over the Commission of the Mafia after the incarceration of Vito Genovese in 1959. Although he was involved in organized crime for more than five decades, he was imprisoned for only 22 months for a tax evasion charge. Carlo Gambino is often portrayed in crime films.
Sylva Koscina was a Yugoslav-born Italian actress best remembered for her portrayal of Iole in the movies Hercules and Hercules Unchained in the late 1950s. She was also seen playing an important role opposite Paul Newman in the 1968 American comedy war film The Secret War of Harry Frigg. Sylva Koscina is also remembered for posing for the Playboy magazine.
Ettore Majorana was immensely talented in math and grew up to be a theoretical physics professor. He also worked on neutrino masses but abruptly disappeared while on a ship from Palermo to Naples. People have come up with theories such as suicide and murder to explain his disappearance.
Italian military officer Rodolfo Graziani commanded Italy’s Regio Esercito, or Royal Army. He was a fascist figure who held significant political posts under the monarchy of Victor Emmanuel III and then under the leadership of Benito Mussolini. Known for his campaigns in Africa during World War II, he escaped imprisonment for his war crimes.
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.
Remembered as the founder of symbolic logic, Giuseppe Peano laid down the symbols of union and intersection of sets. He also worked on geometric calculus and taught at institutes such as the University of Turin. His works are written in a simplified version of Latin. He was knighted by Italy.
The incumbent president of the Italian Senate, Elisabetta Casellati is the first female to have acquired this position. The Forza Italia member is a qualified matrimonial lawyer and has been a researcher at the University of Padua, too. A self-proclaimed conservative, she supports chemical castration of rapists and is against abortion.
Maurizio Costanzo is an Italian journalist, television host, film director, and screenwriter. He has also contributed as a managing editor for the popular weekly women's magazine Grazia. Over the course of his career, Costanzo has hosted popular TV shows, such as Bontà loro and The Maurizio Costanzo Show. As a screenwriter, he has contributed to the success of many films.
Alexander Farnese, Duke of Parma was an Italian condottiero and noble. He is best remembered for his service as a general in the Spanish army. From 1578 to 1592, Alexander Farnese served as the Governor of the Spanish Netherlands. He was also the Duke of Parma and Piacenza from 15 September 1586 to 3 December 1592.
Italian professional racing driver, Vitantonio Liuzzi began his career with kart racing, eventually winning the 1993 Italian Karting Championship and 2001 Karting World Championship. Moving to cars with the 2001 German Formula Renault Championship, he finally became the last-ever Formula 3000 champion and later raced in Formula One for the Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Force India and HRT teams.
Gianfranco Ferré was an Italian fashion designer often hailed as the architect of fashion. He studied architecture at the Polytechnic University of Milan and began his career by designing fashion accessories. He then began designing raincoats and went on to launch his own company. He received many prestigious awards, including the L'Occhio d'Oro, during his career.
The founder of the Salesian Order, John Bosco, also known as Don Bosco, started his life as a priest in Turin. He began teaching young boys who came to Turin for jobs and later branched out to form a similar institution for girls too, with St. Mary Mazzarello.