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

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

15 April 1452

Gianluigi BuffonGianluigi Buffon

28 January 1978

Andrea BocelliAndrea Bocelli

22 September 1958

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

15 February 1564

Benito MussoliniBenito Mussolini
(Former Duce)

29 July 1883

Paulo DybalaPaulo Dybala
(Football Player)

15 November 1993


06 March 1475

Mario BalotelliMario Balotelli

12 August 1990

Marco PoloMarco Polo

1254 AD

James GandolfiniJames Gandolfini

18 September 1961

Niccolò MachiavelliNiccolò Machiavelli
(Political Philosopher)

03 May 1469

Valentino RossiValentino Rossi
(Italian motorcycle road racer)

16 February 1979

Dante AlighieriDante Alighieri

30 April 1265

Mauro IcardiMauro Icardi

19 February 1993

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

24 February 1500

Joel McHaleJoel McHale
(Comedian, Actor)

20 November 1971

(Philosopher, Political Theorist)

03 January 0106

Thomas AquinasThomas Aquinas
(Philosophers, Theologian)

28 January 1225

Luciano PavarottiLuciano Pavarotti

12 October 1935

Cesare BorgiaCesare Borgia
(Duke of Valentinois)

13 September 1475

Andrea PirloAndrea Pirlo
(Italian footballer)

19 May 1979

Pope Alexander VIPope Alexander VI
(Religious Leader)

01 January 1431


1483 AD

(Military Leader)

29 September 0106

Roberto BaggioRoberto Baggio
(Football Player)

18 February 1967

Francesco TottiFrancesco Totti
(Italian Footballer)

27 September 1976

Amerigo VespucciAmerigo Vespucci
(Discoverer of South America)

09 March 1454

(Roman Emperor)

24 January 0076


29 September 1571

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

17 October 1912

Enzo FerrariEnzo Ferrari
(Italian racing driver)

18 February 1898

Ennio MorriconeEnnio Morricone

10 November 1928

Giacomo CasanovaGiacomo Casanova

02 April 1725

Silvio BerlusconiSilvio Berlusconi
(Former Prime Minister of Italy)

29 September 1936

Gennaro GattusoGennaro Gattuso

09 January 1978

Giuseppe GaribaldiGiuseppe Garibaldi
(Italian Nationalist)

04 July 1807

Giorgio ArmaniGiorgio Armani

11 July 1934

Guglielmo MarconiGuglielmo Marconi

25 April 1874

John CabotJohn Cabot

1450 AD

Lorenzo de' MediciLorenzo de' Medici

01 January 1449


20 March 0043

Federico FelliniFederico Fellini
(Film Director and Scriptwriter)

20 January 1920


1386 AD

Pope Paul VIPope Paul VI

26 September 1897

Pope John XXIIIPope John XXIII

25 November 1881

Mario AndrettiMario Andretti

28 February 1940

Sandro BotticelliSandro Botticelli

1445 AD

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

02 March 1876

Enrico FermiEnrico Fermi
(Nobel Laureate in Physics)

29 September 1901

Marcello Mastroianni Marcello Mastroianni

28 September 1924

Giuseppe VerdiGiuseppe Verdi

10 October 1813

(Poet & Philosopher)

20 July 1304

Amedeo ModiglianiAmedeo Modigliani
(Painter & Sculptor)

12 July 1884


1488 AD

Guccio GucciGuccio Gucci
(Italian Businessman)

26 March 1881

Umberto EcoUmberto Eco
(Italian Semiotician, Philosopher)

05 January 1932

Ludovico EinaudiLudovico Einaudi
(Pianist, Composer)

23 November 1955

Giacomo PucciniGiacomo Puccini

22 December 1858

Santo VersaceSanto Versace

16 December 1944

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

Joe MasseriaJoe Masseria
(Mafia Boss)

17 January 1887

Bruno TonioliBruno Tonioli

25 November 1955

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

16 December 1863

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

06 July 1986

Claudio MonteverdiClaudio Monteverdi

15 May 1567

Antonio MeucciAntonio Meucci
(Inventor of voice-communication apparatus)

13 April 1808

Primo LeviPrimo Levi
(Writer, Chemist)

31 July 1919

Gabriele CorcosGabriele Corcos
(Celebrity Chef)

07 October 1972

Michelangelo AntonioniMichelangelo Antonioni
(Film Director, Screenwriter, Editor)

29 September 1912

Giovanni Pierluigi da PalestrinaGiovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

03 February 1525

Giovanni da VerrazzanoGiovanni da Verrazzano

1485 AD

Matteo RenziMatteo Renzi
(Prime Minister of Italy)

11 January 1975

Amedeo AvogadroAmedeo Avogadro
(Chemist and Physicist)

09 August 1776

Giuseppe MazziniGiuseppe Mazzini

22 June 1805

Franco ZeffirelliFranco Zeffirelli
(Film Director and Producer)

12 February 1923

Giorgio VasariGiorgio Vasari
(Painter, Architect)

30 July 1511

Antonio StradivariAntonio Stradivari

1644 AD