Aren’t Italians one of the most charming and hardworking people in the world? Italy might be a small country in terms of her area and population but when it comes to her contributions towards the world, her people simply surpass many other nations much larger in size. Rome, the capital of Italy has been for centuries one of the most important cities in the Western Civilization. Modern capitalism originated in medieval Italy and the country was at her artistic and cultural best during the Renaissance period. It was during that time that artists and polymaths like Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo and Michelangelo flourished. The richness of medieval Italian culture cannot be described in words! While the artists were painting their magic on canvas, the explorers like Columbus, Polo and Vespucci were navigating newer routes in the New World.

Cole SprouseCole Sprouse
04 August 1992
Actor
Leonardo da VinciLeonardo da Vinci
15 April 1452
Polymath

Carlo AncelottiCarlo Ancelotti
10 June 1959
Footballer

Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus
31 October 1451
 

Benito MussoliniBenito Mussolini
29 July 1883
Former Duce

Angelo BrunoAngelo Bruno
21 May 1910
Gangster
Galileo GalileiGalileo Galilei
15 February 1564
Astronomer, Mathematician, Philosopher, Rebel

James GandolfiniJames Gandolfini
18 September 1961
Actor

Andrea BocelliAndrea Bocelli
22 September 1958
Singer
Dylan Sprouse Dylan Sprouse
04 August 1992
Actor

Sophia LorenSophia Loren
20 September 1934
Film star
MichelangeloMichelangelo
06 March 1475
Sculptor

Monica BellucciMonica Bellucci
30 September 1964
Actress, Model

Marco PoloMarco Polo
1254 AD
 

Luciano PavarottiLuciano Pavarotti
12 October 1935
 

Rose McGowanRose McGowan
05 September 1973
Actress
Gianluigi BuffonGianluigi Buffon
28 January 1978
Footballer

Niccolò MachiavelliNiccolò Machiavelli
03 May 1469
Political Philosopher

Isabella RosselliniIsabella Rossellini
18 June 1952
Actress

Donatella VersaceDonatella Versace
02 May 1955
 
Mario BalotelliMario Balotelli
12 August 1990
Footballer

Enzo FerrariEnzo Ferrari
18 February 1898
Italian racing driver
Sonia GandhiSonia Gandhi
09 December 1946
Former President of Indian National Congress

Pope John Paul IPope John Paul I
17 October 1912
Pope of Roman Catholic Church

John FranzeseJohn Franzese
06 February 1917
Crime Boss
Asia ArgentoAsia Argento
20 September 1975
Actress, Model, Writer

Charles V, Holy Roman EmperorCharles V, Holy Roman Emperor
24 February 1500
Former Holy Roman Emperor
Carlo UrbaniCarlo Urbani
19 October 1956
Epidemiologist

Thomas AquinasThomas Aquinas
28 January 1225
Philosophers, Theologian

Dante AlighieriDante Alighieri
30 April 1265
Poet
CiceroCicero
03 January 0106
Philosopher, Political Theorist

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Marzia BisogninMarzia Bisognin
21 October 1992
YouTube Personality, Fashion Designer
Giada De LaurentiisGiada De Laurentiis
22 August 1970
Chef, TV personality, Writer

Mauro IcardiMauro Icardi
19 February 1993
Footballer

Gennaro GattusoGennaro Gattuso
09 January 1978
Footballer

Catherine de' MediciCatherine de' Medici
13 April 1519
Queen of France
Albert AnastasiaAlbert Anastasia
26 September 1902
Criminal
Valentino RossiValentino Rossi
16 February 1979
Italian motorcycle road racer

Mario AndrettiMario Andretti
28 February 1940
 

Paulo DybalaPaulo Dybala
15 November 1993
Football Player

HadrianHadrian
24 January 0076
Roman Emperor
RaphaelRaphael
1483 AD
Painter

Joel McHaleJoel McHale
20 November 1971
Comedian, Actor

Lorenzo de' MediciLorenzo de' Medici
01 January 1449
Leader

Carlo GambinoCarlo Gambino
24 August 1902
Criminal

Danny HustonDanny Huston
14 May 1962
Actor
Pope Alexander VIPope Alexander VI
01 January 1431
Religious Leader

PompeyPompey
29 September 0106
Military Leader
Allegra VersaceAllegra Versace
30 June 1986
Socialite, Model

Antonio GramsciAntonio Gramsci
22 January 1891
Politician, Philosopher

Ennio MorriconeEnnio Morricone
10 November 1928
Composer
CaravaggioCaravaggio
29 September 1571
Painter

Silvio BerlusconiSilvio Berlusconi
29 September 1936
Former Prime Minister of Italy
Federico FelliniFederico Fellini
20 January 1920
Film Director and Scriptwriter

Franco NeroFranco Nero
23 November 1941
Actor

Amerigo VespucciAmerigo Vespucci
09 March 1454
Discoverer of South America

Frank CapraFrank Capra
18 May 1897
Film Director

Jessie James DeckerJessie James Decker
12 April 1988
Singer
Andrea PirloAndrea Pirlo
19 May 1979
Italian footballer

Emiliano SalaEmiliano Sala
31 October 1990
Footballer

Pope Pius XIIPope Pius XII
02 March 1876
Pope of Roman Catholic Church

Francesco TottiFrancesco Totti
27 September 1976
Italian Footballer
Cesare BorgiaCesare Borgia
13 September 1475
Duke of Valentinois

Giorgio ArmaniGiorgio Armani
11 July 1934
 
Pope Paul VIPope Paul VI
26 September 1897
Pope

Guglielmo MarconiGuglielmo Marconi
25 April 1874
Inventor

Roberto BaggioRoberto Baggio
18 February 1967
Football Player
Giorgio MoroderGiorgio Moroder
26 April 1940
Singer

Giuseppe GaribaldiGiuseppe Garibaldi
04 July 1807
Italian Nationalist
Lindsay HartleyLindsay Hartley
17 April 1978
Actress

Joseph BonannoJoseph Bonanno
18 January 1905
Gangster

Ludovico EinaudiLudovico Einaudi
23 November 1955
Pianist, Composer
Giacomo CasanovaGiacomo Casanova
02 April 1725
Womanizer

Claudio RanieriClaudio Ranieri
20 October 1951
Football Manager
Greta ScacchiGreta Scacchi
18 February 1960
Actress

Giordano BrunoGiordano Bruno
1548 AD
Philosopher

Lucrezia BorgiaLucrezia Borgia
18 April 1480
Lady of Pesaro and Gradara , Duchess of Bisceglie

JosephusJosephus
0037 AD
Historian, Scholar
Artemisia GentileschiArtemisia Gentileschi
08 July 1593
Painter
Giuseppe VerdiGiuseppe Verdi
10 October 1813
Composer

Carla BruniCarla Bruni
23 December 1967
French-Italian singer-songwriter

Maria MontessoriMaria Montessori
31 August 1870
Physician and Educator

Sandro BotticelliSandro Botticelli
1445 AD
Painter
Umberto EcoUmberto Eco
05 January 1932
Italian Semiotician, Philosopher

Pope John XXIIIPope John XXIII
25 November 1881
Pope

Massimiliano AllegriMassimiliano Allegri
11 August 1967
Italian Football Manager

Giacomo PucciniGiacomo Puccini
22 December 1858
Composer

Scipio AfricanusScipio Africanus
0236 BC
Roman General
Bud SpencerBud Spencer
31 October 1929
Actor

John CabotJohn Cabot
1450 AD
Explorer
OvidOvid
20 March 0043
Poet

Simonetta StefanelliSimonetta Stefanelli
30 November 1954
Actress
Francis II, Holy Roman EmperorFrancis II, Holy Roman Emperor
12 February 1768
Last Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire
GermanicusGermanicus
24 May 0015
Roman General

The Italians played a very significant role in the ushering of the European Age of Discovery. Their contributions to the world of science, arts, sports, cuisine and technology have been immense. Music has always played an important role in Italian culture and the country is known as the birthplace of the opera. Modern day Italians too are upholding the image their forefathers built. Scroll down further for more information on famous Italians.