Italian Female Writers

Throughout history, there have been many Italian women writers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great Italian female writers such as Maria Montessori, Grazia Deledda, Barbara Grizzuti Harrison, Asia Argento, Isabella Rossellini.

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Isabella Rossellini
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Birthdate: June 18, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Italian-American actress Isabella Rossellini has made an important contribution to the American and Italian film industry. She has also appeared on stage, including an Off-Broadway production of The Stendhal Syndrome.  Also known for her involvement in conservation efforts, Rossellini serves as the director and president of the Howard Gilman Foundation, which focuses on the preservation of arts, photography, and wildlife.

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Giada De Laurentiis
(Chef, TV personality, Writer)

Giada De Laurentiis
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Birthdate: August 22, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

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.

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Francesca Gregorini
(Film Director)

Francesca Gregorini
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Birthdate: August 7, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Daughter of Bond girl Barbara Bach, Francesca Gregorini is also an Italian countess through her father. She grew up in Italy, England, and the U.S. The talented filmmaker is known for her dark and surreal characters and her critically acclaimed films such as The Truth About Emanuel.

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Elena Ferrante
(Novelist)

Elena Ferrante
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Birthdate: April 5, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Naples, Italy

Elena Ferrante is an Italian novelist whose works have been translated into several languages. Ferrante is best known for her Neapolitan Novels book series. In 2016, Ferrante was named among the 100 most influential people list published by Time magazine. In 2016, her book The Story of the Lost Child was also shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker International Prize.

Christine de Pizan
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Birthdate: 1364 AD
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: 1430 AD
Christine de Pizan took up writing at 25, primarily to support her three children following her husband’s death. Starting with ballads, she later narrated the heroics of women in masterpieces such as The Book of the City of Ladies. She was also a court poet of French king Charles VI.

Veronica De Laurentiis
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Birthdate: January 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

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Veronica Franco
(Courtesan, Poet)

Veronica Franco
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Birthdate: March 25, 1546
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: July 22, 1591

A significant Venetian figure, Veronica Franco wasn’t an ordinary courtesan but was educated and a talented poet, too. She defended herself successfully against charges of witchcraft. Born to a courtesan, she was married to a doctor briefly and later became a sex worker to sustain herself and her children.

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Silvia Colloca
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Birthdate: July 23, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Silvia Colloca is an Italian-Australian actress, cookbook author, opera singer, and TV cookery show personality.  An opera-trained mezzo-soprano, she worked in musical theater before becoming an actress. She later created her own TV cookery shows that earned her much international prominence. She also runs a successful YouTube channel in collaboration with Marion Grasby.  

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Elisabetta Dami
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Birthdate: January 1, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

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Lucrezia Tornabuoni
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Birthdate: June 22, 1427
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: March 25, 1482

Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy
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Birthdate: February 24, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Naples, Italy

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Freya Stark
(Explorer)

Freya Stark
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Birthdate: January 31, 1893
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 9, 1993

Freya Stark was an Anglo-Italian travel writer and explorer. One of the first non-Arabs to explore the southern Arabian Desert, Stark penned down over 24 books on her travels in Afghanistan and the Middle East. She also wrote many essays and autobiographical works. In 1968, Freya Stark embarked on her last expedition to Afghanistan at the age of 75.

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Anita Raja
(Translator, Writer)

Anita Raja
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Birthdate: 1953 AD
Birthplace: Naples, Italy

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Marcella Hazan
(Writer, Biologist)

Marcella Hazan
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Birthdate: April 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cesenatico, Italy
Died: September 29, 2013

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Catherine of Siena
(Mystic, Author)

Catherine of Siena
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Birthdate: March 25, 1347
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Siena, Italy
Died: April 29, 1380

Catherine of Siena was a mystic, author, and activist. Thanks to her influence over Pope Gregory XI, Catherine is widely regarded as a prominent figure of medieval Catholicism. She also had a strong influence on the Catholic Church and Italian literature. Canonized in 1461, Catherine of Siena was declared the patron saint of Italy in 1939.

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Natalia Ginzburg
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Birthdate: July 14, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Palermo, Italy
Died: October 7, 1991

Natalia Ginzburg was an Italian author who dealt with sensitive subjects like politics and family relationships during the Second World War. Ginzburg's works were often translated into English for readers in the USA and the UK. Over the course of her illustrious career, Natalia Ginzburg won several prestigious awards, such as the Bagutta Prize and Strega Prize.

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Vittoria Colonna
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Birthdate: July 14, 1916, 1492
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Marino, Italy
Died: February 25, 1547

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Jeanne Modigliani
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Birthdate: November 29, 1918
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nice, France
Died: July 27, 1984

Jeanne Modigliani was an Italian-French Jewish art historian. She was the daughter of artists Amedeo Modigliani and Jeanne Hébuterne. She lost both her parents as a small child and was adopted by her aunt. She conducted extensive biographical research on her father years after his death and published the book Modigliani: Man and Myth.   

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Kuki Gallmann
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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.

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Maria Valtorta
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Birthdate: March 14, 1897
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Caserta, Italy
Died: October 12, 1961

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Laura Huxley
(Motivational speaker, Writer, Violinist, Biographer)

Laura Huxley
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Birthdate: November 2, 1911
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Turin
Died: December 13, 2007

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Grazia Deledda
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Birthdate: September 27, 1871
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nuoro
Died: August 15, 1936

Grazia Deledda was an Italian writer who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926, becoming the first Italian woman to receive the prize. Interested in writing from a young age, she became a writer despite her family’s objections. Today, her work is highly regarded across the world, and generations of writers continue to be inspired by her.  

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Renata Adler
(Author)

Renata Adler
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Birthdate: October 19, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Renata Adler is an author, journalist, and film critic who has been a staff writer-reporter for The New Yorker. She studied comparative literature at Harvard University and later received a J.D. from Yale Law School. Despite not being much knowledgeable about films, she became a film critic for The New York Times. She has also written many books. 

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Gemma Donati
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Birthdate: 1267 AD
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 1333 AD

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Cristina Odone
(Journalist, Editor)

Cristina Odone
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Birthdate: November 11, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

Italian-British journalist Cristina Odone has spent a major part of her career writing about topics such as parenting and family. A regular columnist at The Observer and The Daily Telegraph, she has also worked with The New Statesman and The Catholic Herald, and has established the charity Parenting Circle.

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Elissa Landi
(Actress)

Elissa Landi
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Birthdate: December 6, 1904
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: October 21, 1948

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Luisa Piccarreta
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Birthdate: April 23, 1865
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Corato, Italy
Died: March 4, 1947

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Francesca Caccini
(Composer & Singer)

Francesca Caccini
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Birthdate: September 18, 1587
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 1641 AD

Francesca Caccini was an Italian composer, poet, lutenist, singer, and music teacher. She is best remembered for La liberazione di Ruggiero, her only surviving stage work, which is regarded as the oldest opera composed by a woman. Although little of her music has survived the test of time, Francesca Caccini was known to be a prolific composer.

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Elsa Morante
(Novelist)

Elsa Morante
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Birthdate: August 18, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: November 25, 1985

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Teresa, Contessa Guiccioli
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Birthdate: 1800 AD
Birthplace: Ravenna, Italy
Died: March 27, 1873

Infanta Eulalia of Spain
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Birthdate: February 12, 1864
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: March 8, 1958

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Malisa Longo
(Actress)

Malisa Longo
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Birthdate: July 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Venice, Italy

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Dacia Maraini
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Birthdate: November 13, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fiesole, Italy

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Alda Merini
(Writer)

Alda Merini
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Birthdate: March 21, 1931
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: November 1, 2009

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Luciana Littizzetto
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Birthdate: October 29, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Turin, Piedmont, Italy

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Susanna Agnelli
(Politician)

Susanna Agnelli
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Birthdate: April 24, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: May 15, 2009

Susanna Agnelli was an Italian businesswoman, politician, and writer. Agnelli is best remembered as the first woman to serve as the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, a position which she served from 1995 to 1996. Susanna Agnelli is also remembered for her bestselling autobiography titled We always wore sailor suits.

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Franca Rame
(Actress)

Franca Rame
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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.

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Catherine of Ricci
(Italian Dominican mystic)

Catherine of Ricci
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Birthdate: April 23, 1522
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: February 2, 1590

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Loretta Napoleoni
(Journalist who reports on the financing of terrorism, and connected finance and security related topics)

Loretta Napoleoni
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Birthdate: 1955 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

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Margaret Mazzantini
(Writer, Actress)

Margaret Mazzantini
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Birthdate: October 27, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

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Anna Piaggi
(Writer)

Anna Piaggi
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Birthdate: March 22, 1931
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: August 7, 2012

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Isabella Andreini
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Birthdate: 1562 AD
Birthplace: Padua, Italy
Died: June 11, 1604

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Elvira Banotti
(Founder of the Rivolta Femminile group in the early 1970s)

Elvira Banotti
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Birthdate: July 17, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Asmara, Eritrea
Died: March 2, 2014

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Lea Vergine
(Art historian)

Lea Vergine
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Birthdate: March 5, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: October 20, 2020

Lea Vergine was an Italian art historian best remembered for her collaborations with several prestigious journals, such as Corriere della Sera. An early exponent of performance art, Lea Vergine is also remembered for her book Body Art and Performance. Apart from working towards the betterment of her own career, Lea Vergine also helped promote Carol Rama's career.

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Matilde Serao
(Journalist)

Matilde Serao
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Birthdate: March 7, 1856
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Patras, Greece
Died: July 25, 1927

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Anna Maria Ortese
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Birthdate: June 13, 1914
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: March 9, 1998

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Maria Stella
(Memoirist)

Maria Stella
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Birthdate: April 16, 1773
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tuscany, Italy
Died: December 23, 1843

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Anna Banti
(Writer)

Anna Banti
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Birthdate: June 27, 1895
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: September 2, 1985

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Marina Colasanti
(Writer, Journalist)

Marina Colasanti
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Birthdate: September 26, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Asmara, Eritrea

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Rosa Giannetta
(Novelist)

Rosa Giannetta
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Birthdate: April 11, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Trevico, Italy
Died: January 3, 2021