Famous Italian Women

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.

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 1 Monica Bellucci

Monica Bellucci
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Città di Castello, Italy

Monica Bellucci is one of the most popular actresses from Italy. Her popularity in the West helped her become the oldest woman to play a Bond girl in the history of the James Bond film franchise. Known for her hourglass figure, she has been regarded as a sex symbol and has appeared in lists like 100 Hottest Women of All-Time.

 2 Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 20, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Known as the quintessential “femme fatale” of the "Golden Age of Hollywood," Sophia Loren rose from participating in a beauty pageant as a teenager, to being the first actor to win the Academy Award for a foreign-language movie. The Italian bombshell is also known for her affair with Cary Grant.

 3 Donatella Versace

Donatella Versace
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Birthdate: May 2, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Reggio di Calabria, Italy
Donatella Versace, sister of the founder of the Italian fashion brand Versace, Gianni Versace, inherited the company after Gianni’s murder in 1997. Donatella is now the company’s chief creative officer. She supports Elton John’s AIDS Foundation and was the first woman to win the GQ Designer of the Year award. 
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 4 Catherine de' Medici

Catherine de' Medici
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Famous As: Queen of France (1547-1559)
Birthdate: April 13, 1519
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: January 5, 1589

Catherine de' Medici was an Italian noblewoman who played a key role in the political affairs of France during the rule of her sons, a period which came to be known as the age of Catherine de' Medici. Catherine is credited with saving the monarchy from deposition during the French Wars of Religion

 5 Sonia Gandhi

Sonia Gandhi
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Famous As: Former President of Indian National Congress
Birthdate: December 9, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lusiana, Lusiana Conco, Italy

Sonia Gandhi is an Indian politician and president of one of the most prominent Indian political parties, The Indian National Congress. As the president of Indian National Congress, which has been one of India's most successful political parties in the country's post-independence history, Sonia Gandhi remains one of the most powerful women in India.

 6 Rose McGowan

Rose McGowan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 5, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Florence, Tuscany

Rose McGowan is popular for being an actress and activist. She has always been vocal about various issues, especially sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein. She also supported Tara Reade and criticized celebrities for supporting Joe Biden, who was accused of sexual assault by the former. In 2017, she was voted Time magazine's Person of the Year.

 7 Greta Scacchi

Greta Scacchi
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 18, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Greta Scacchi is best known for her Emmy-winning role in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny. She also earned a BAFTA nomination for her role in Heat and Dust and an Emmy nomination for Broken Trail. She is also a seasoned theater actor and has worked toward prevention of overfishing.
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 8 Carla Bruni

Carla Bruni
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Spouse of the President of France (2008-2012)
Birthdate: December 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Turin, Italy

Carla Bruni is an Italian-French fashion model and singer-songwriter. She gained international recognition after marrying the then president of France Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008. Also known for her political activities, philanthropy, and charity work, Bruni established the Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Foundation in 2009; the foundation helps promote access to knowledge for all. She also supports organizations, such as PETA.

 9 Giada De Laurentiis

Giada De Laurentiis
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Famous As: Chef, TV personality, Writer
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.

 10 Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 11 Asia Argento

Asia Argento
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Asia Argento, daughter of filmmaker Dario Argento, has starred in movies such as XXX, Traveling Companion, and Transylvania. She declared that Harvey Weinstein had sexually assaulted her in the 1990s, while she was herself accused of assaulting Jimmy Bennett. She was dating Anthony Bourdain at the time of his death.

 12 Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori
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Famous As: Founder of the Montessori method of education
Birthdate: August 1, 1870
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chiaravalle, Italy
Died: April 30, 1952

Maria Montessori was an Italian educator and physician best known for developing the Montessori method of education, a student-friendly method, which is being used in several public and private schools around the world. In 2020, she was nominated by Time magazine as one of their Top 100 Women of the year.

 13 Artemisia Gentileschi

Artemisia Gentileschi
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 8, 1593
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 1652 AD
Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi was a prominent artist of the 17th century. She was the first female member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno and was known for her depiction of the female form. She was raped by painter Agostino Tassi and participated in a 7-month trial.

 14 Marzia Bisognin

Marzia Bisognin
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: October 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Arzignano, Italy

 15 Claudia Cardinale

Claudia Cardinale
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 15, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: La Goulette, Tunisia

Claudia Cardinale is a Tunisian-born Italian actress who played important roles in some of the most popular Italian and French movies of the 1960s and 1970s. After achieving immense popularity as an actress in Italy, Cardinale starred in the 1963 American comedy film The Pink Panther, which increased her popularity. Claudia Cardinale was also renowned for her beauty.

 16 Valentina Nappi

Valentina Nappi
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 6, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Scafati, Salerno, Campania, Italy

Valentina Nappi is an Italian adult model and pornographic film actress. She is the recipient of prestigious awards like AVN Award and XBIZ Award. Widely recognized as an intellectual pornstar, Nappi contributes as a columnist for MicroMega. She has also been featured in magazines like Playboy and Penthouse. In November 2013, Nappi was named Pet of the Month by Penthouse.

 17 Allegra Versace

Allegra Versace
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Famous As: Heiress & Socialite
Birthdate: June 30, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Italian-American socialite Allegra Versace is the heiress of the international fashion line Versace. Daughter of designer Donatella Versace and model Paul Beck, Allegra has previously worked as a theatrical dresser and is the director of Gianni Versace S.p.A. She has had a long battle with anorexia.

 18 Ilona Staller

Ilona Staller
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Famous As: Pornographic actor, Politician
Birthdate: November 26, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Ilona Staller is a former porn star, singer, and politician. She achieved popularity by appearing in Telefono rosso, the first Italian hardcore pornography production, and then went on to pose nude in Playboy's editions around the world. In 1980, an erotic series titled La Cicciolina was made based on Ilona Staller's life and career.

 19 Beth Chapman

Beth Chapman
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: October 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado

Bounty hunter and reality star Beth Chapman soared to fame with the shows Dog the Bounty Hunter, Dog's Most Wanted, and Dog and Beth: On the Hunt, along with her husband, Duane "Dog" Chapman. While filming Dog's Most Wanted, she died of throat cancer, which had spread to her lungs.

 20 Chiara Ferragni

Chiara Ferragni
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Famous As: Fashion Blogger, Businesswoman
Birthdate: May 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cremona, Italy
While studying law in Milan, Chiara Ferragni discovered her love for fashion and started The Blonde Salad, her fashion blog. She dropped out of university, only to be featured on Forbes 30 under 30, as a top fashion influencer. She has also been the subject of a Harvard case study.

 21 Jessie James Decker

Jessie James Decker
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vicenza
Country and pop singer Jessica James Decker is known for her singles such as Wanted, Lights Down Low, and Boys in the Summer. She and her husband, NFL wide receiver Eric Decker, starred in their own reality show, Eric & Jessie: Game On. She owns a clothing line named Kittenish.

 22 Gina Lollobrigida

Gina Lollobrigida
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Famous As: Actor, Photographer, Sculptor, Journalist
Birthdate: July 4, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Subiaco

Gina Lollobrigida is an Italian actress and photojournalist counted amongst the highest-profile European actresses of the 1950s and 1960s. Considered a  sex symbol in her youth, she had a successful career both in the film and TV industries. She later built a second career as a photojournalist. She is a recipient of the NIAF Lifetime Achievement Award.  

 23 Lisa del Giocondo

Lisa del Giocondo
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Famous As: Noblewomen
Birthdate: June 15, 1479
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: July 15, 1542

 24 Alessandra Mussolini

Alessandra Mussolini
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Alessandra Mussolini is an Italian former politician and former actress. The granddaughter of Benito Mussolini, she is a former member of the Chamber of Deputies and the Italian Senate. She was the leader of the national conservative political party Social Action as well. Prior to joining politics, she was a model and actress in the 1970s and 1980s.  

 25 Valeria Golino

Valeria Golino
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Famous As: actor, model, film director
Birthdate: October 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Naples

Born to an Italian Germanist scholar father and a Greek painter mother, Valeria Golino was destined to be associated with the arts but had initially aspired to be a cardiologist. She later stepped into movies and gained fame for her roles in movies such as Rain Man and the Hot Shots! franchise.

 26 Clara Petacci

Clara Petacci
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Famous As: Mistress of Benito Mussolini
Birthdate: February 28, 1912
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: April 28, 1945

Clara Petacci was a mistress of Benito Mussolini, an Italian dictator who inspired other totalitarian rulers like Francisco Franco and Adolf Hitler. Her life inspired the 1984 Italian historical drama film Claretta, in which she was played by actress Claudia Cardinale. In the 1985 TV docu-drama Mussolini and I, Petacci was portrayed by Barbara De Rossi.

 27 Michelle Beadle

Michelle Beadle
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Famous As: Sports reporter
Birthdate: October 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Italy

Michelle Beadle is a sports reporter best known for her association with the popular cable sports channel, ESPN. Over the years, she has hosted important shows for various networks, including ESPN. Apart from being a sports reporter, Michelle Beadle has also been a Red Carpet reporter for popular shows like Grammy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Tony Awards, and SAG Awards.

 28 Simonetta Stefanelli

Simonetta Stefanelli
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Famous As: Businessperson, Fashion designer
Birthdate: November 30, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Simonetta Stefanelli is an Italian fashion designer, entrepreneur, and former actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Apollonia Vitelli-Corleone in the popular crime film, The Godfather. After retiring from acting in 1992, Simonetta Stefanelli became an entrepreneur. She owns a fashion store called Simo Bloom, where she designs shoes and purses.

 29 Francesca Gregorini

Francesca Gregorini
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Famous As: Film Director
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.

 30 Julia Fox

Julia Fox
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

 31 Matilda De Angelis

Matilda De Angelis
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 11, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy

 32 Laura Kuenssberg

Laura Kuenssberg
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 8, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Italy

Laura Kuenssberg is a journalist. In 2015, she succeeded Nick Robinson to become the first woman to take up the position of a political editor at BBC News. Over the years, she has played an influential role in BBC, having previously worked as the broadcaster's chief political correspondent. In 2019, she was mentioned in Evening Standard's most influential Londoners list.

 33 Pier Angeli

Pier Angeli
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 19, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cagliari
Died: September 10, 1971

Best known for her title role in the film Teresa, Pier Angeli had stepped into showbiz at the tender age of 16. The Golden Globe-winning actor also appeared in films such as Flame and the Flesh and The Silver Chalice. She died of a barbiturate overdose at 39.

 34 Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: February 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

Olivia Palermo is an American fashion influencer, socialite, model, entrepreneur, and television personality. Palermo made headlines in 2007 when she sued socialiterank.com for false news. As a model, Olivia Palermo has appeared on the cover of popular magazines like Cosmopolitan, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, and L'Officiel. Olivia Palermo has also been the face of brands like Banana Republic, Aerin, and Max&Co.

 35 Rosabell Laurenti Sellers

Rosabell Laurenti Sellers
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Famous As: Stage actor, Film actor, Television actor
Birthdate: March 27, 1996
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Naples

 36 Lucrezia Borgia

Lucrezia Borgia
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Famous As: Noblewoman
Birthdate: April 18, 1480
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Subiaco, Italy
Died: June 24, 1519
Spanish-Italian noblewoman Lucrezia Borgia, daughter of Pope Alexander VI, ruled as the governor of Spoleto. She was part of many politically motivated marriages. She has been portrayed as the femme fatale in many movies and novels. Dosso Dossi’s Portrait of a Youth is the only credible portrait of Lucrezia.

 37 Camila Giorgi

Camila Giorgi
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: December 30, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Macerata, Italy

 38 Giada Colagrande

Giada Colagrande
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Famous As: Director, Actress
Birthdate: October 16, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pescara, Italy
Known for projects such as Padre and Pasolini, Italian actor-director Giada Colagrande began her career making art documentaries. Her short films have earned accolades, too. She is now known for her collaborations with her actor husband Willem Dafoe, with whom she has an age gap of almost 2 decades.

 39 Leonarda Cianciulli

Leonarda Cianciulli
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: April 18, 1894
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montella
Died: October 15, 1970

Leonarda Cianciulli was an Italian serial killer who murdered three women and turned their bodies into soaps and tea cakes. She is also known as the "Soap-Maker of Correggio." Between 1939 and 1940, she killed three of her neighbors--all of them middle-aged women--as part of human sacrifices. She was eventually found guilty of her crimes and sentenced to prison.  

 40 Lisa Moretti

Lisa Moretti
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Birthdate: November 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Inglewood

 41 Clare of Assisi

Clare of Assisi
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: July 16, 1194
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Assisi, Italy
Died: August 11, 1253
Clare of Assisi, inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, ran away from home to escape marriage and received her vows instead. She later formed the Poor Clares. She was made the patron saint of television, as she had once seen the Mass on the walls of her room.

 42 Carly Pope

Carly Pope
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 43 Daniela Bianchi

Daniela Bianchi
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 31, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Daniela Bianchi is an Italian actress known for her portrayal of Bond girl Tatiana Romanova in the popular spy film, From Russia with Love. After appearing in the second James Bond film, Bianchi landed roles in a number of Italian and French movies. Apart from acting, Daniela Bianchi also studied ballet and worked as a fashion model.

 44 Lidia Bastianich

Lidia Bastianich
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: February 21, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pula, Croatia

Lidia Bastianich is an Italian-American television host, celebrity chef, restaurateur, and author. She owns many restaurants in the US, including one in Manhattan. Bastianich is the recipient of several awards and honors, including a couple of Lifetime Achievement Awards. Also a philanthropist, Lidia Bastianich supports various non-profit organizations, such as the Columbus Citizens Foundation, which aims at promoting Italian-American heritage.

 45 Laura Pausini

Laura Pausini
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Faenza, Italy

Laura Pausini is an Italian television personality and singer-songwriter. Having sold over 70 million records, Pausini is the fourth best-selling female singer in Latin music. In 2006, Pausini became the first female Italian musician to receive a Grammy Award. In 2021, her song Io sì (Seen) became the first Italian-language song to win the Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

 46 Rita of Cascia

Rita of Cascia
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Famous As: Nun
Birthdate: 1381 AD
Birthplace: Roccaporena, Italy
Died: May 22, 1457

 47 Elsa Schiaparelli

Elsa Schiaparelli
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: September 10, 1890
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome
Died: November 13, 1973

Elsa Schiaparelli was an Italian fashion designer who designed the wardrobes for many films like Topaze and Moulin Rouge. Widely regarded as one of the most important figures in the world of fashion, Schiaparelli was considered the greatest rival of Coco Chanel.

 48 Federica Mogherini

Federica Mogherini
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

 49 Agatha of Sicily

Agatha of Sicily
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0231 AD
Birthplace: Catania, Italy
Died: 0251 AD

Agatha of Sicily is a Christian saint, one of the several virgin martyrs commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. She was put to death during the Decian persecution (250–253) in Catania, Sicily. Owing to her determined profession of faith, she is highly venerated in Christianity. She is the patron saint of martyrs and wet nurses. 

 50 Rachele Mussolini

Rachele Mussolini
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Birthdate: April 11, 1890
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Predappio
Died: October 30, 1979

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.