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.

Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus

31 October 1451

Andrea BocelliAndrea Bocelli

22 September 1958

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

15 April 1452

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

15 February 1564

Benito MussoliniBenito Mussolini
(Former Duce)

29 July 1883


06 March 1475

Paulo DybalaPaulo Dybala
(Football Player)

15 November 1993

Marco PoloMarco Polo

1254 AD

Matteo BocelliMatteo Bocelli
(Andrea Bocelli’s Son)

08 October 1997

Mauro IcardiMauro Icardi

19 February 1993

Niccolò MachiavelliNiccolò Machiavelli
(Political Philosopher)

03 May 1469

Gianluigi BuffonGianluigi Buffon

28 January 1978

James GandolfiniJames Gandolfini

18 September 1961

Valentino RossiValentino Rossi
(Italian motorcycle road racer)

16 February 1979

Mario BalotelliMario Balotelli

12 August 1990

Dante AlighieriDante Alighieri

30 April 1265

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

24 February 1500

Thomas AquinasThomas Aquinas
(Philosophers, Theologian)

28 January 1225

Amerigo VespucciAmerigo Vespucci
(Discoverer of South America)

09 March 1454

(Philosopher, Political Theorist)

03 January 0106

Bruno TonioliBruno Tonioli

25 November 1955


1483 AD

Luciano PavarottiLuciano Pavarotti

12 October 1935

Ennio MorriconeEnnio Morricone

10 November 1928

(Roman Emperor)

24 January 0076


29 September 1571

Pope Alexander VIPope Alexander VI
(Religious Leader)

01 January 1431

John CabotJohn Cabot

1450 AD

(Military Leader)

29 September 0106

Lorenzo de' MediciLorenzo de' Medici

01 January 1449

Andrea PirloAndrea Pirlo
(Italian footballer)

19 May 1979

Francesco TottiFrancesco Totti
(Italian Footballer)

27 September 1976

Silvio BerlusconiSilvio Berlusconi
(Former Prime Minister of Italy)

29 September 1936

Cesare BorgiaCesare Borgia
(Duke of Valentinois)

13 September 1475

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

17 October 1912

Pope Paul VIPope Paul VI

26 September 1897

Joel McHaleJoel McHale
(Comedian, Actor)

20 November 1971

Enzo FerrariEnzo Ferrari
(Italian racing driver)

18 February 1898

Guglielmo MarconiGuglielmo Marconi

25 April 1874

Giuseppe GaribaldiGiuseppe Garibaldi
(Italian Nationalist)

04 July 1807

Giacomo CasanovaGiacomo Casanova

02 April 1725

Gennaro GattusoGennaro Gattuso

09 January 1978

Giuseppe VerdiGiuseppe Verdi

10 October 1813


1386 AD


20 March 0043

Giorgio ArmaniGiorgio Armani

11 July 1934

Sandro BotticelliSandro Botticelli

1445 AD

Roberto BaggioRoberto Baggio
(Football Player)

18 February 1967

(Poet & Philosopher)

20 July 1304

Federico FelliniFederico Fellini
(Film Director and Scriptwriter)

20 January 1920

Giacomo PucciniGiacomo Puccini

22 December 1858

Pope John XXIIIPope John XXIII

25 November 1881

Enrico FermiEnrico Fermi
(Nobel Laureate in Physics)

29 September 1901

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

02 March 1876


1488 AD

Ludovico EinaudiLudovico Einaudi
(Pianist, Composer)

23 November 1955

Umberto EcoUmberto Eco
(Italian Semiotician, Philosopher)

05 January 1932

Amedeo ModiglianiAmedeo Modigliani
(Painter & Sculptor)

12 July 1884

Guccio GucciGuccio Gucci
(Italian Businessman)

26 March 1881

Mario AndrettiMario Andretti

28 February 1940

Santo VersaceSanto Versace

16 December 1944

Marcello Mastroianni Marcello Mastroianni

28 September 1924

Gioachino RossiniGioachino Rossini

01 March 1792

Frank CapraFrank Capra
(Film Director)

18 May 1897

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

26 December 1194

Claudio MonteverdiClaudio Monteverdi

15 May 1567

Giovanni da VerrazzanoGiovanni da Verrazzano

1485 AD

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

16 December 1863

Primo LeviPrimo Levi
(Writer, Chemist)

31 July 1919

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

06 July 1986

Pliny the YoungerPliny the Younger
(Author, Lawyer)

0061 AD

Joe MasseriaJoe Masseria
(Mafia Boss)

17 January 1887

Pietro BoselliPietro Boselli
(Model, Engineer, Fitness Athlete)

03 December 1998

Michelangelo AntonioniMichelangelo Antonioni
(Film Director, Screenwriter, Editor)

29 September 1912

Amedeo AvogadroAmedeo Avogadro
(Chemist and Physicist)

09 August 1776

Giuseppe MazziniGiuseppe Mazzini

22 June 1805

Antonio StradivariAntonio Stradivari

1644 AD

Giuseppe ArcimboldoGiuseppe Arcimboldo

1527 AD

Antonio MeucciAntonio Meucci
(Inventor of voice-communication apparatus)

13 April 1808

Giovanni Pierluigi da PalestrinaGiovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

03 February 1525

Giorgio VasariGiorgio Vasari
(Painter, Architect)

30 July 1511