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

Famous People From Italy

Not every Italian lady is a fashionista as many people may believe! But every Italian woman is surely blessed with the femininity and grace that makes her naturally beautiful and desirable. Being an Italian woman is not just about being beautiful, it is more about having the character and determination that most Italians identify with. The world’s very first gynecologist, Trotula of Salerno, was an Italian woman physician who specialized in women’s health during the 11th and 12th centuries. Another pioneer was Dorotea Bucca, the physician who was the first person to encourage women to enter the science fields. Italian women have several achievements to be proud of—the first ever woman in the world to be awarded a University degree was the Venetian mathematician Elena Cornaro Piscopia.

Monica BellucciMonica Bellucci
(Italian actress)

30 September 1964

Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy

Libra

Sophia LorenSophia Loren
(Film star)

20 September 1934

Rome

Virgo

Carla BruniCarla Bruni

23 December 1967

Turin, Italy

Capricorn

Donatella VersaceDonatella Versace

02 May 1955

Reggio di Calabria, Italy

Taurus

Marzia BisogninMarzia Bisognin
(YouTube Personality, Fashion Designer)

21 October 1992

Vicenza, Veneto, Italy

Libra

Maria MontessoriMaria Montessori
(Physician and Educator)

31 August 1870

06 May 1952

Chiaravalle (Ancona), Italy

Virgo

Artemisia GentileschiArtemisia Gentileschi
(Painter)

08 July 1593

1656 AD

Rome

Cancer

Rita Levi-MontalciniRita Levi-Montalcini
(Neurologist)

22 April 1909

30 December 2012

Turin, Italy

Taurus

Anna MagnaniAnna Magnani
(Actress)

07 March 1908

26 September 1973

Rome

Pisces

Maria Gaetana AgnesiMaria Gaetana Agnesi
(Mathematician, Philosopher, Theologian)

16 May 1718

09 January 1799

Milan

Taurus

Michelle HunzikerMichelle Hunziker
(Model, Actress)

24 January 1977

Sorengo

Aquarius

Grazia DeleddaGrazia Deledda
(Nobel Laureate in Literature)

27 September 1871

15 August 1936

Nuoro

Libra

Francesca CacciniFrancesca Caccini
(Composer & Singer)

18 September 1587

1641 AD

Florence,

Virgo

Barbara Grizzuti HarrisonBarbara Grizzuti Harrison
(Author, Journalist)

14 September 1934

24 April 2002

Queens

Virgo

Kára McCulloughKára McCullough
(Model)

09 September 1991

Naples, Italy

Virgo

Roberta Tirrito Roberta Tirrito
(Model)

07 August 1995

Palermo, Italy

Leo

Catherine de' MediciCatherine de' Medici
(Queen of France)

13 April 1519

05 January 1589

Florence

Aries

Patrizia DeitosPatrizia Deitos

Isabella RosselliniIsabella Rossellini
(Actor, Model, Film director, Writer, Autobiographer)

18 June 1952

Rome

Gemini

Beatrice BorromeoBeatrice Borromeo
(Model, Journalist, Television presenter, Socialite)

18 August 1985

Innichen, Italy

Leo

Chiara FerragniChiara Ferragni

Claudia CardinaleClaudia Cardinale
(Actor)

15 April 1938

La Goulette

Aries

Catherine of SienaCatherine of Siena
(Philosopher)

25 March 1347

29 April 1380

Siena, Italy

Aries

Gina LollobrigidaGina Lollobrigida
(Actor, Photographer, Sculptor, Journalist)

04 July 1927

Subiaco

Cancer

Sara TommasiSara Tommasi
(Pornographic actor, Actor, Model, Glamour model)

09 June 1981

Narni

Gemini

Sabrina SalernoSabrina Salerno

Laura PausiniLaura Pausini
(Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Record producer)

16 May 1974

Faenza

Taurus

Asia ArgentoAsia Argento
(Film director, Actor, Film producer, Disc jockey, Singer, Screenwriter, Model, Writer)

20 September 1975

Rome

Virgo

Anita PallenbergAnita Pallenberg
(Actor, Model)

06 April 1944

Rome

Aries

DalidaDalida
(Actor, Film actor, Singer, Musician, Model)

17 January 1933

03 May 1987

Cairo

Capricorn

Pier AngeliPier Angeli
(Actor)

19 June 1932

10 September 1971

Cagliari

Gemini

Flavia PennettaFlavia Pennetta
(Tennis player)

25 February 1982

Brindisi

Pisces

Tamara EcclestoneTamara Ecclestone
(Model, Television presenter)

28 June 1984

Milan

Cancer

Caterina MurinoCaterina Murino
(Actor, Model)

15 September 1977

Cagliari

Virgo

Giuliana RancicGiuliana Rancic
(Actor, Journalist, Restaurateur)

17 August 1974

Naples

Leo

Valeria GolinoValeria Golino
(actor, model, film director)

22 October 1965

Naples

Libra

Greta ScacchiGreta Scacchi
(Actor)

18 February 1960

Milan

Aquarius

Raffaella FicoRaffaella Fico

Oriana FallaciOriana Fallaci
(War correspondent, Politician, Writer, Journalist, Conspiracy theorist)

29 June 1929

15 September 2006

Florence

Cancer

Clare of AssisiClare of Assisi
(monk)

1193 AD

11 August 1253

Assisi

Rula JebrealRula Jebreal
(Journalist, Pundit, Writer, Screenwriter)

24 April 1973

Haifa

Taurus

Allegra VersaceAllegra Versace
(Socialite, Model)

30 June 1986

Milan

Cancer

Daniela BianchiDaniela Bianchi
(Actor, Model, Beauty pageant contestant)

31 January 1942

Rome

Aquarius

Lidia BastianichLidia Bastianich
(Writer, Restaurateur, Television presenter)

21 February 1947

Pula

Pisces

Rosabell Laurenti SellersRosabell Laurenti Sellers
(Stage actor, Film actor, Television actor)

27 March 1996

Naples

Aries

Ornella MutiOrnella Muti
(Actor)

09 March 1955

Rome

Pisces

Caterina SforzaCaterina Sforza
(politician)

1463 AD

28 May 1509

Milan

Violante PlacidoViolante Placido
(Actor, Singer)

01 May 1976

Rome

Taurus

Moana PozziMoana Pozzi
(Pornographic actor, Autobiographer)

27 April 1961

15 September 1994

Genoa

Taurus

Cristina ScabbiaCristina Scabbia
(Singer, Composer, Songwriter)

06 June 1972

Milan

Gemini

Elsa MartinelliElsa Martinelli
(Actor, Model, Film actor)

30 January 1935

Grosseto

Aquarius

Miuccia PradaMiuccia Prada
(entrepreneur, fashion designer)

10 May 1948

Milan

Taurus

Simonetta StefanelliSimonetta Stefanelli
(Actor, Businessperson)

30 November 1954

Rome

Sagittarius

Edwige FenechEdwige Fenech
(Actor, Film producer, Television presenter)

24 December 1948

Annaba

Capricorn

Elisabetta CanalisElisabetta Canalis
(Actor, Art model, Television presenter, Showgirl, Model)

12 September 1978

Sassari

Virgo

Ylenia CarrisiYlenia Carrisi
(Presenter)

29 November 1970

06 January 1994

Rome

Sagittarius

Alida ValliAlida Valli
(Actor, Singer)

31 May 1921

22 April 2006

Pula

Gemini

Elsa SchiaparelliElsa Schiaparelli
(Fashion designer)

10 September 1890

13 November 1973

Rome

Virgo

Lory Del SantoLory Del Santo
(Film director, Model, Actor, Beauty pageant contestant)

28 September 1958

Povegliano Veronese

Libra

Valentina CorteseValentina Cortese
(film actor, stage actor)

01 January 1923

Milan

Capricorn

Laura AntonelliLaura Antonelli
(Actor)

28 November 1941

22 June 2015

Pula

Sagittarius

Alessandra MussoliniAlessandra Mussolini
(Actor, Politician, Model)

30 December 1962

Rome

Capricorn

Roberta VinciRoberta Vinci
(Tennis player)

18 February 1983

Taranto

Aquarius

Maria Grazia CucinottaMaria Grazia Cucinotta
(Actor, Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter, Model)

27 July 1968

Messina

Leo

Jasmine TrincaJasmine Trinca
(Actor)

24 April 1981

Rome

Taurus

Virna LisiVirna Lisi
(Actor)

08 November 1936

18 December 2014

Ancona

Scorpio

Claudia RomaniClaudia Romani
Nicole TrunfioNicole Trunfio
(Model)

16 March 1986

Merredin

Pisces

Sofonisba AnguissolaSofonisba Anguissola
(painter, artist, visual artist)

1535 AD

16 November 1625

Cremona

Luciana PaluzziLuciana Paluzzi
(Actor)

10 June 1937

Rome

Gemini

Silvana ManganoSilvana Mangano
(Actor, Model)

21 April 1930

16 December 1989

Rome

Taurus

Monica VittiMonica Vitti
(Actor, Screenwriter, Film director)

03 November 1931

Rome

Scorpio

Magda OliveroMagda Olivero
(Singer, Opera singer)

25 March 1910

08 September 2014

Saluzzo

Aries

Gianna Beretta MollaGianna Beretta Molla
(Saint)

04 October 1922

28 April 1962

Magenta, Italy

Libra

Gloria GuidaGloria Guida
(Actor, Singer, Model)

19 November 1955

Merano

Scorpio

Leonarda CianciulliLeonarda Cianciulli
(serial killer)

14 April 1894

15 October 1970

Montella

Aries

Veronica De LaurentiisVeronica De Laurentiis
(Author)

13 January 1950

Rome

Capricorn

Rachele MussoliniRachele Mussolini

11 April 1890

30 October 1979

Predappio

Aries

Valeria Bruni TedeschiValeria Bruni Tedeschi
(Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Singer)

16 November 1964

Turin

Scorpio

Gabriella PessionGabriella Pession
(Actor, Film actor)

02 November 1977

Daytona Beach

Scorpio

Fabiana UdenioFabiana Udenio
(Actor)

21 December 1964

Buenos Aires

Sagittarius

Vannozza dei CattaneiVannozza dei Cattanei

13 July 1442

24 November 1518

Mantua

Cancer

Veronica FrancoVeronica Franco
(poet, writer, model)

25 March 1546

22 July 1591

Venice

Aries

Giulia FarneseGiulia Farnese

1474 AD

23 March 1524

Canino

Giada ColagrandeGiada Colagrande
(Film director, Actor, Screenwriter)

16 October 1975

Pescara

Libra

SelenSelen
(actor, pornographic actor, television presenter)

17 December 1966

Rome

Sagittarius

SabrinaSabrina
(actor, singer, model, record producer, composer)

15 March 1968

Genoa

Pisces

Zita of Bourbon-ParmaZita of Bourbon-Parma

09 May 1892

14 March 1989

Camaiore

Taurus

Romaine BrooksRomaine Brooks
(Painter, Sculptor)

01 May 1874

07 December 1970

Rome

Taurus

Nicoletta BraschiNicoletta Braschi
(Actor, Film producer)

19 April 1960

Cesena

Aries

RambaRamba
Cecilia BartoliCecilia Bartoli
(Singer, Opera singer)

04 June 1966

Rome

Gemini

Serena GrandiSerena Grandi
(Actor, Model)

23 March 1958

Bologna

Aries

Kasia SmutniakKasia Smutniak

Miriam LeoneMiriam Leone
Elisabetta GregoraciElisabetta Gregoraci
(Model, Television presenter)

08 February 1980

Soverato

Aquarius

Debora CaprioglioDebora Caprioglio
(Actor, Model)

03 May 1968

Venice

Taurus

Simona CaparriniSimona Caparrini

Florence

Giulietta MasinaGiulietta Masina
(actor)

22 February 1920

23 March 1994

San Giorgio di Piano

Pisces

Quote Of The Day

Italian women have left their indelible marks on world literature and fine arts. Francesca Caccini was the first woman to compose opera while Sofonisba Anguissola became the first female artist to achieve international fame. Anna Magnani, a famous actress of the post-war period strived hard to break the stereotype that actresses are meant only to be beautiful and sexy and rose to fame through her intelligence and acting skills. Read on to learn more about the famous Italian women who made this world more vibrant and richer.