Famous Italian Activists

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 1 Giuseppe Conte

Giuseppe Conte
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Volturara Appula, Apulia, Italy

Former Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte is a qualified lawyer and teaches law at various universities. He was one of the few Italian prime ministers to have held office without any previous political experience. He was also the first Western leader to impose a national lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 2 Beppe Grillo

Beppe Grillo
Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 21, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy

Beppe Grillo is an Italian actor, comedian, politician, and blogger. The co-founder of a political party called Five Star Movement, Grillo turned to the internet in the early-2000s to popularize his ideas. After launching a website called beppegrillo.it, which became an influential website, he started writing influential blogs, which made him a leading Italian popularizer of digital utopianism.

 3 Giuseppe Mazzini

Giuseppe Mazzini
Birthdate: June 22, 1805
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
Died: March 10, 1872

Giuseppe Mazzini was an Italian journalist, politician, and activist. He played a major role in the Italian revolutionary movement and in the unification of Italy. His efforts gave rise to an independent and unified Italy, which replaced many separate states that were dominated by foreign powers. Mazzini is widely regarded as the most influential European revolutionary.

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 4 Pippa Bacca

Pippa Bacca
Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: December 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: March 31, 2008

Pippa Bacca made international headlines in March 2008, when she was found naked and strangled on the outskirts of Istanbul. The Italian feminist artist had apparently been raped and murdered in the middle of her hitch-hiking program Brides on Tour, which had her traveling from Milan dressed as a bride.

 5 Mario Savio

Mario Savio
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: December 8, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: November 6, 1996

A leading member of the 1960s Berkeley Free Speech Movement, Mario Savio was a student free-speech activist. The son of a machinist, he showed his excellence in physics and later majored in philosophy. Suspended from Berkeley for his political activities, he worked odd jobs and later became an educator.

 6 Tina Modotti

Tina Modotti
Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: August 17, 1896
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Udine, Italy
Died: January 5, 1942

Italian-American photographer Tina Modotti was the daughter of migrant laborers in Austria. She later worked in a textile factory in Italy, before moving to the U.S., where she acted in Italian theater. Initially excelling in still lifes and portraits, she later gained fame for her signature close-ups of Mexican workers.

 7 Erika Eiffel

Erika Eiffel
Famous As: Advocate
Birthdate: June 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Unknown

Initially a U.S. Air Force cadet, Erika Eiffel later established herself as an award-winning archer. She also established OS Internationale, an organization for objectum sexuals, or people who develop relationships with inanimate objects. She was featured in the documentary Married to the Eiffel Tower, which explored her attraction to the Eiffel Tower.

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 8 Silvia Federici

Silvia Federici
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: 1942 AD
Birthplace: Parma, Italy

Renowned feminist activist and political theorist Silvia Federici is chiefly known for co-founding the International Feminist Collective, which launched the Wages for Housework campaign worldwide. She had taught in Nigeria and is now a professor at the Hofstra University. She has also penned books such as Caliban and the Witch.

 9 Claudia Romani

Claudia Romani
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: April 14, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: L'Aquila, Italy
Claudia Romani is an Italian American model who has appeared on covers of GQ, Maxim, and other popular magazines. She was voted one of the 100 Sexiest Women in the World in 2006. Her most famous works on the screen include TV seies Emigratis, docufilm Vacanze a Miami, and reality show Secret Story. Romani is also known for her work in commercials for Samsung, Toyota, and Ford. 

 10 Errico Malatesta

Errico Malatesta
Famous As: Anarchist propagandist and revolutionary socialist
Birthdate: December 14, 1853
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Santa Maria Capua Vetere, Italy
Died: July 22, 1932

A leading proponent of propaganda of the deed, Italian anarchist Errico Malatesta became involved in politics by the age of fourteen, when he wrote intimidating letters to King Victor Emmanuel II. A dynamic speaker and author, he helped to organize anarchist revolutionary groups in Europe and Americas, spending a total of 12 years in jail and 35 years in exile.

 11 Charles Joseph Bonaparte

Charles Joseph Bonaparte
Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: June 9, 1851
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: June 28, 1921

The grandnephew of Napoleon Bonaparte, Charles Joseph Bonaparte was a French-American lawyer and political activist, born and raised in Baltimore. Founder of Baltimore Reform League, his works attracted Theodore Roosevelt’s admiration and serving as U.S. Secretary of the Navy and Attorney General during the latter’s tenure as President, he established Bureau of Investigation, later Day FBI, prosecuting many antitrust suits.

 12 Pier Giorgio Frassati

Pier Giorgio Frassati
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: April 6, 1901
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: July 4, 1925

 13 Kuki Gallmann

Kuki Gallmann
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 1, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Treviso, Italy Treviso, Kingdom of Italy Italy

Born to Italian writer Cino Boccazzi, Kuki Gallmann later moved to Kenya with her husband and son, both of whom she lost in separate accidents. Taking up Kenyan citizenship, she focused on ecological conservation. He bestselling book I Dreamed Of Africa was later made into a movie.

 14 Vladimir Luxuria

Vladimir Luxuria
Famous As: First openly transgender member of Parliament in Europe
Birthdate: June 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Foggia, Italy

 15 Leonardo Sciascia

Leonardo Sciascia
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: January 8, 1921
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Racalmuto, Italy
Died: November 20, 1989

Italian author Leonardo Sciascia is best remembered for works on political corruption. Some of his notable works, such as Open Doors and Illustrious Corpses, were turned into films. Initially a member of the Italian Communist Party, he later joined the Radical Party. He was also elected to the European Parliament.

 16 Carlo Levi

Carlo Levi
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 29, 1902
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: January 4, 1975

Best known for his iconic documentary novel Christ Stopped at Eboli, Italian painter and author Carlo Levi had also studied medicine. His anti-fascist ideals and political activism got him exiled to Lucania. He was part of the neorealist and contemporary movements. He had also been a senator of the Italian parliament.

 17 Andreas Hofer

Andreas Hofer
Famous As: Tirolean leader
Birthdate: November 22, 1767
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: near Sankt Leonhard, Italy
Died: February 20, 1810
Andreas Hofer, a Tyrolean innkeeper and drover, became Tyrolean Rebellion leader against the revolutionary Napoleonic invasion during the War of the Fifth Coalition. Still venerated as a folk hero, freedom fighter, and Austrian patriot, Hofer was captured near his home and executed by a firing squad in 1810. His biopic, Andreas Hofer, a German silent film, was made in 1929.

 18 Giuseppe Impastato

Giuseppe Impastato
Famous As: Political activist
Birthdate: January 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cinisi, Italy
Died: May 9, 1978

Born into the mafia family of Luigi Impastato, Giuseppe Impastato, or Peppino, is remembered for breaking apart from his family and beginning anti-mafia activities. He launched the magazine L’Idea Socialista and the radio station Radio Aut. He ran for elections, too, but was later assassinated.

 19 Franca Rame

Franca Rame
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 18, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Parabiago, Italy
Died: May 29, 2013

Franca Rame, the wife of Nobel Prize-winning playwright Dario Fo, was one of Italy’s most popular stage actors. A left-wing political activist, she was also a member of the Senate. A frequent collaborator of her husband, she was named a muse by Fo, who also shared his Nobel with her.

 20 Giovanni Morelli

Giovanni Morelli
Famous As: Art Critic
Birthdate: February 25, 1816
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Verona, Italy
Died: February 28, 1891

Born to Swiss parents in Italy, Giovanni Morelli later studied medicine in Switzerland and Germany, but never practiced. A connoisseur of arts, he established himself as an art historian and collector. He also dabbled in politics and passed an act forbidding the sale of artwork from public or religious institutions.

 21 Elvira Banotti

Elvira Banotti
Famous As: Founder of the Rivolta Femminile group in the early 1970s
Birthdate: July 17, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Asmara, Eritrea
Died: March 2, 2014

 22 Albert Raby

Albert Raby
Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: 1933 AD
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: November 23, 1988

Best remembered for successfully arranging a boycott against segregation of Chicago schools, African-American civil rights activist Albert Raby was also the convener of Coordinating Council of Community Organizations. It was on his request that Martin Luther King moved his movement to Chicago. Later he managed Harold Washington’s mayoral campaign; serving on the Commission on Human Relations during the latter’s tenure.

 23 Chiara Lubich

Chiara Lubich
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: January 22, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Trento, Italy
Died: March 14, 2008

The founder of the Focolare Movement (The Work of Mary), Chiara Lubich is regarded as one of the most influential spiritual leaders of the 20th century. During World War II, she and her followers attended to the wounded. She also taught elementary school and penned bestsellers such as Meditations.

 24 Camilla Ravera

Camilla Ravera
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 18, 1889
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Acqui Terme, Italy
Died: April 14, 1988

Italian politician and Communist Party member Camilla Ravera was the first woman to be a lifetime senator. She was initially associated with Antonio Gramsci’s newspaper L’Ordine Nuovo. She also edited La Compagna. As a parliamentarian, she passed bills related to the provision of equal wages for women.

 25 Carlo Poerio

Carlo Poerio
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 13, 1803
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Italy
Died: April 27, 1867

The son of lawyer Baron Giuseppe Poerio and the brother of poet Alessandro Poerio, Carlo Poerio was a renowned Italian poet and revolutionary, known for his association with the Risorgimento and the 1848 Revolution. Once arrested, he was confined under inhumane conditions but was later released.

 26 Livia Giuggioli

Livia Giuggioli
Famous As: Film Producer
Birthdate: September 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome

Livia Giuggioli, the former wife of Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth, made headlines when she split with Firth, over her alleged affair with Marco Brancaccia. Livia apparently tried covering up the affair by claiming Brancaccia was a stalker. She had first met Giuggioli while working as a production assistant.