If you thought Italy was all about Venice’s heavenly scenery, Milan’s state-of-art fashion, Florence’s Renaissance treasure or Rome’s historic landmark and art, think more. For those who have figured out, good, but for the rest, here we spill the beans – Italy is home to some of the world’s greatest intellectuals and academicians who, through their body of work, have greatly influenced the life of many across the globe. Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Dante Alighieri, Petrarca, Galileo Galilee, Saint Francesco of Assisi and Marco Polo are some of the most renowned Italian names while talking about intellectuals and academicians. Italian intellectuals and academicians have made important contribution to mankind, most notably in the field of literature, architecture, science, technology, philosophy, engineering, politics, medicine, mathematics, visual art and music. Through their exemplary work, they have created a niche for Italy and helped it stand-out from other European nations. Also, they have played a critical role in the development of their country and the world. Read this section and absorb some quick facts about the life and works of famous Italian intellectuals and academics.
Galileo GalileiGalileo Galilei

15 February 1564

Thomas AquinasThomas Aquinas

28 January 1225


03 January 0106


0037 AD

Umberto EcoUmberto Eco

05 January 1932


20 July 1304

George SantayanaGeorge Santayana

16 December 1863

Leon Battista AlbertiLeon Battista Alberti

18 February 1404

Alphonsus LiguoriAlphonsus Liguori

27 September 1696

Franco ModiglianiFranco Modigliani

10 June 1918

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Piero SraffaPiero Sraffa

05 August 1898

Lord ActonLord Acton

10 January 1834

Francis of AssisiFrancis of Assisi

Antonio GramsciAntonio Gramsci

22 January 1891

Catherine of SienaCatherine of Siena

25 March 1347

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Pier Paolo PasoliniPier Paolo Pasolini

05 March 1922

Giordano BrunoGiordano Bruno

1548 AD

Julius EvolaJulius Evola

19 May 1898

Girolamo SavonarolaGirolamo Savonarola

21 September 1452

Pierluigi CollinaPierluigi Collina

13 February 1960


0515 BC

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Anselm of CanterburyAnselm of Canterbury

1033 AD


0059 BC


0480 AD


0495 BC

Cesare LombrosoCesare Lombroso

06 November 1835

Vilfredo ParetoVilfredo Pareto

15 July 1848

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Francesco RediFrancesco Redi

18 February 1626


0069 AD

Zeno of EleaZeno of Elea

0490 BC

Giorgio AgambenGiorgio Agamben

22 April 1942

Mario DraghiMario Draghi

03 September 1947


1221 AD

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Diodorus SiculusDiodorus Siculus

0090 BC

Francis de SalesFrancis de Sales

16 August 1567

Giovanni GentileGiovanni Gentile

29 May 1875

Apollonius of TyanaApollonius of Tyana

Gerolamo CardanoGerolamo Cardano

24 September 1501

Romano ProdiRomano Prodi

09 August 1939

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Giovanni Pico della MirandolaGiovanni Pico della Mirandola

24 February 1463

Giacomo LeopardiGiacomo Leopardi

29 June 1798

Giambattista VicoGiambattista Vico


0485 BC

Carlo RovelliCarlo Rovelli

03 May 1956

Michael ParentiMichael Parenti

1933 AD

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Mario MontiMario Monti

19 March 1943

Antonio NegriAntonio Negri

01 August 1933

Robert BellarmineRobert Bellarmine

04 October 1542

Marsilio FicinoMarsilio Ficino

19 October 1433

Benedetto CroceBenedetto Croce

25 February 1866

Giovanni Battista BelzoniGiovanni Battista Belzoni

05 November 1778

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Gabriele AmorthGabriele Amorth

01 May 1925


Angelo SodanoAngelo Sodano

23 November 1927

Giuseppe PeanoGiuseppe Peano

27 August 1858

Carlo Azeglio CiampiCarlo Azeglio Ciampi

09 December 1920

Lazzaro SpallanzaniLazzaro Spallanzani

10 January 1729

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Tommaso CampanellaTommaso Campanella

06 September 1568

Carlo GinzburgCarlo Ginzburg

15 April 1939


0428 BC

Gianni VattimoGianni Vattimo

04 January 1936

Amintore FanfaniAmintore Fanfani

06 February 1908

Brunetto LatiniBrunetto Latini

1220 AD

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Angelo ScolaAngelo Scola

07 November 1941

Francesco GuicciardiniFrancesco Guicciardini

06 March 1483

Norberto BobbioNorberto Bobbio

18 October 1909

Pietro BemboPietro Bembo

20 May 1470

Pomponius MelaPomponius Mela

0015 AD

Marsilius of PaduaMarsilius of Padua

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Riccardo ChaillyRiccardo Chailly

20 February 1953

Luciano FloridiLuciano Floridi

16 November 1964

Alcmaeon of CrotonAlcmaeon of Croton

Thomas CajetanThomas Cajetan

20 February 1469

Bruno PlatterBruno Platter

21 March 1944

Francesco AlberoniFrancesco Alberoni

31 December 1929

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0233 AD

Nicola AbbagnanoNicola Abbagnano

15 July 1901

Achille SilvestriniAchille Silvestrini

25 October 1923