List of famous Italian men with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

Famous People From Italy

Suave, sensual, and sophisticated, Italian men are considered to be among the most romantic ones in the world. Due to this very image they have women from all over the world swooning over them and vying for their attention! But being romantic is not the only thing Italian men are good at. Since time immemorial Italians have contributed a lot to the world, especially in the areas of science, astronomy, philosophy, and fine arts. The astronomer who accurately described heliocentric solar system, Galileo Galilei, was an Italian man as was the histologist Camillo Golgi  who discovered the Golgi apparatus. Italy has a rich cultural heritage and Italians are known for possessing an innate sense of beauty and aesthetics—this should come as no surprise as Italy had produced some of the world’s most renowned artists in the form of Michelangelo, Giovanni Lanfranco and Giovanni Paolo Panini.

Leonardo da VinciLeonardo da Vinci
(Painter, Sculptor, Architect, Engineer, Scientist)

15 April 1452

Benito MussoliniBenito Mussolini
(Former Duce)

29 July 1883

Gianluigi BuffonGianluigi Buffon

28 January 1978

Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus

31 October 1451

Galileo GalileiGalileo Galilei
(Astronomer, Mathematician, Philosopher, Rebel Scientist, Physicist)

15 February 1564


06 March 1475

Paulo DybalaPaulo Dybala
(Football Player)

15 November 1993

Marco PoloMarco Polo

1254 AD

Mario BalotelliMario Balotelli

12 August 1990

Niccolò MachiavelliNiccolò Machiavelli
(Political Philosopher)

03 May 1469

Andrea BocelliAndrea Bocelli

22 September 1958

Mauro IcardiMauro Icardi

19 February 1993

Valentino RossiValentino Rossi
(Italian motorcycle road racer)

16 February 1979

Silvio BerlusconiSilvio Berlusconi
(Former Prime Minister of Italy)

29 September 1936

Charles V, Holy Roman EmperorCharles V, Holy Roman Emperor
(Former Holy Roman Emperor)

24 February 1500

(Philosopher, Political Theorist)

03 January 0106

Dante AlighieriDante Alighieri

30 April 1265

Thomas AquinasThomas Aquinas
(Philosophers, Theologian)

28 January 1225

Gennaro GattusoGennaro Gattuso

09 January 1978


1483 AD

Francesco TottiFrancesco Totti
(Italian Footballer)

27 September 1976

Pope Alexander VIPope Alexander VI
(Religious Leader)

01 January 1431

Andrea PirloAndrea Pirlo
(Italian footballer)

19 May 1979

Santo VersaceSanto Versace

16 December 1944


29 September 1571

(Roman Emperor)

24 January 0076

Luciano PavarottiLuciano Pavarotti

12 October 1935

Cesare BorgiaCesare Borgia
(Duke of Valentinois)

13 September 1475

Luigi Di MaioLuigi Di Maio
(Party leader of the Five Star Movement)

06 July 1986

Giacomo CasanovaGiacomo Casanova

02 April 1725

Amerigo VespucciAmerigo Vespucci
(Discoverer of South America)

09 March 1454

Roberto BaggioRoberto Baggio
(Football Player)

18 February 1967

Ennio MorriconeEnnio Morricone

10 November 1928

Giuseppe GaribaldiGiuseppe Garibaldi
(Italian Nationalist)

04 July 1807

Federico FelliniFederico Fellini
(Film Director and Scriptwriter)

20 January 1920

Amedeo ModiglianiAmedeo Modigliani
(Painter & Sculptor)

12 July 1884

Giorgio ArmaniGiorgio Armani

11 July 1934

Lorenzo de' MediciLorenzo de' Medici

01 January 1449

Enzo FerrariEnzo Ferrari
(Italian racing driver)

18 February 1898

Guglielmo MarconiGuglielmo Marconi

25 April 1874

Pope John Paul IPope John Paul I
(Pope of Roman Catholic Church)

17 October 1912

Giuseppe VerdiGiuseppe Verdi

10 October 1813

John CabotJohn Cabot

1450 AD


1386 AD

Sandro BotticelliSandro Botticelli

1445 AD

Pope Pius XIIPope Pius XII
(Pope of Roman Catholic Church)

02 March 1876

Matteo RenziMatteo Renzi
(Prime Minister of Italy)

11 January 1975

Mario AndrettiMario Andretti

28 February 1940


20 March 0043


1488 AD

Enrico FermiEnrico Fermi
(Nobel Laureate in Physics)

29 September 1901

(Poet & Philosopher)

20 July 1304

Giacomo PucciniGiacomo Puccini

22 December 1858

Pope John XXIIIPope John XXIII

25 November 1881

Umberto EcoUmberto Eco
(Italian Semiotician, Philosopher)

05 January 1932

Ludovico EinaudiLudovico Einaudi
(Pianist, Composer)

23 November 1955

Gioachino RossiniGioachino Rossini

01 March 1792

Frederick II, Holy Roman EmperorFrederick II, Holy Roman Emperor
(Holy Roman Emperor)

26 December 1194

Frank CapraFrank Capra
(Film Director)

18 May 1897

Pliny the YoungerPliny the Younger
(Author, Lawyer)

0061 AD

Marcello Mastroianni Marcello Mastroianni

28 September 1924

Claudio MonteverdiClaudio Monteverdi

15 May 1567

Primo LeviPrimo Levi
(Writer, Chemist)

31 July 1919

Joe MasseriaJoe Masseria
(Mafia Boss)

17 January 1887

George SantayanaGeorge Santayana
(Philosopher, Essayist, Poet, & Novelist)

16 December 1863

Giuseppe MazziniGiuseppe Mazzini

22 June 1805

St Paul St Paul
(Religious Preacher)

0005 AD

Franco ZeffirelliFranco Zeffirelli
(Film Director and Producer)

12 February 1923

Michelangelo AntonioniMichelangelo Antonioni
(Film Director, Screenwriter, Editor)

29 September 1912

Bruno TonioliBruno Tonioli

25 November 1955

Amedeo AvogadroAmedeo Avogadro
(Chemist and Physicist)

09 August 1776

Antonio StradivariAntonio Stradivari

1644 AD

Pope Gregory VIIPope Gregory VII
(Religious Leader)

1020 AD

Antonio MeucciAntonio Meucci
(Inventor of voice-communication apparatus)

13 April 1808

Luigi PirandelloLuigi Pirandello

28 June 1867

Giuseppe ArcimboldoGiuseppe Arcimboldo

1527 AD

Giorgio VasariGiorgio Vasari
(Painter, Architect)

30 July 1511

Giorgio de ChiricoGiorgio de Chirico

10 July 1888

Giovanni da VerrazzanoGiovanni da Verrazzano

1485 AD

tintoretto Tintoretto
(Renaissance Painter)

29 September 1518

Leon Battista AlbertiLeon Battista Alberti
(Architect, Linguist)

18 February 1404