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.

Emiliano SalaEmiliano Sala
(Footballer)

31 October 1990

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

15 April 1452

Andrea BocelliAndrea Bocelli
(Singer)

22 September 1958

Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus

31 October 1451

Benito MussoliniBenito Mussolini
(Former Duce)

29 July 1883

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

15 February 1564

Monica BellucciMonica Bellucci
(Actress, Model)

30 September 1964

MichelangeloMichelangelo
(Sculptor)

06 March 1475

Sophia LorenSophia Loren
(Film star)

20 September 1934

Mauro IcardiMauro Icardi
(Footballer)

19 February 1993

Allegra VersaceAllegra Versace
(Socialite, Model)

30 June 1986

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Rose McGowanRose McGowan
(Actress)

05 September 1973

Marco PoloMarco Polo

1254 AD

Mario BalotelliMario Balotelli
(Footballer)

12 August 1990

Paulo DybalaPaulo Dybala
(Football Player)

15 November 1993

Niccolò MachiavelliNiccolò Machiavelli
(Political Philosopher)

03 May 1469

Matteo BocelliMatteo Bocelli
(Andrea Bocelli’s Son)

08 October 1997

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James GandolfiniJames Gandolfini
(Actor)

18 September 1961

Gianluigi BuffonGianluigi Buffon
(Footballer)

28 January 1978

Giada De LaurentiisGiada De Laurentiis
(Chef, TV personality, Writer)

22 August 1970

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

13 April 1519

Marzia BisogninMarzia Bisognin
(YouTube Personality, Fashion Designer)

21 October 1992

Asia ArgentoAsia Argento
(Actress, Model, Writer)

20 September 1975

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

24 February 1500

Thomas AquinasThomas Aquinas
(Philosophers, Theologian)

28 January 1225

Isabella RosselliniIsabella Rossellini
(Actress)

18 June 1952

CiceroCicero
(Philosopher, Political Theorist)

03 January 0106

Dante AlighieriDante Alighieri
(Poet)

30 April 1265

Luciano PavarottiLuciano Pavarotti

12 October 1935

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RaphaelRaphael
(Painter)

1483 AD

Valentino RossiValentino Rossi
(Italian motorcycle road racer)

16 February 1979

Ennio MorriconeEnnio Morricone
(Composer)

10 November 1928

Santo VersaceSanto Versace
(Businessman)

16 December 1944

Amerigo VespucciAmerigo Vespucci
(Discoverer of South America)

09 March 1454

Jessie James DeckerJessie James Decker
(Singer)

12 April 1988

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Enrico FermiEnrico Fermi
(Nobel Laureate in Physics)

29 September 1901

HadrianHadrian
(Roman Emperor)

24 January 0076

Carlo AncelottiCarlo Ancelotti
(Footballer)

10 June 1959

CaravaggioCaravaggio
(Painter)

29 September 1571

Bruno TonioliBruno Tonioli
(Choreographer)

25 November 1955

Pope Alexander VIPope Alexander VI
(Religious Leader)

01 January 1431

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Joel McHaleJoel McHale
(Comedian, Actor)

20 November 1971

Lorenzo de' MediciLorenzo de' Medici
(Leader)

01 January 1449

PompeyPompey
(Military Leader)

29 September 0106

Silvio BerlusconiSilvio Berlusconi
(Former Prime Minister of Italy)

29 September 1936

Andrea PirloAndrea Pirlo
(Italian footballer)

19 May 1979

Enrica CenzattiEnrica Cenzatti
(Andrea Bocelli’s First Wife)

1969 AD

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John CabotJohn Cabot
(Explorer)

1450 AD

Franco NeroFranco Nero
(Actor)

23 November 1941

Giuseppe VerdiGiuseppe Verdi
(Composer)

10 October 1813

Giacomo CasanovaGiacomo Casanova
(Womanizer)

02 April 1725

Cesare BorgiaCesare Borgia
(Duke of Valentinois)

13 September 1475

Frank CapraFrank Capra
(Film Director)

18 May 1897

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Giorgio ArmaniGiorgio Armani

11 July 1934

Francesco TottiFrancesco Totti
(Italian Footballer)

27 September 1976

Sandro BotticelliSandro Botticelli
(Painter)

1445 AD

Gennaro GattusoGennaro Gattuso
(Footballer)

09 January 1978

Chiara FerragniChiara Ferragni
(Fashion Blogger, Businesswoman)

07 May 1987

Enzo FerrariEnzo Ferrari
(Italian racing driver)

18 February 1898

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Giuseppe GaribaldiGiuseppe Garibaldi
(Italian Nationalist)

04 July 1807

Greta ScacchiGreta Scacchi
(Actress)

18 February 1960

Roberto BaggioRoberto Baggio
(Football Player)

18 February 1967

Giorgio MoroderGiorgio Moroder
(Singer)

26 April 1940

Guglielmo MarconiGuglielmo Marconi
(Inventor)

25 April 1874

Giacomo PucciniGiacomo Puccini
(Composer)

22 December 1858

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Carla BruniCarla Bruni
(French-Italian singer-songwriter)

23 December 1967

Lucrezia BorgiaLucrezia Borgia
(Lady of Pesaro and Gradara , Duchess of Bisceglie and Princess of Salerno , Duchess of Ferrara, Modena, and Reggio)

18 April 1480

Federico FelliniFederico Fellini
(Film Director and Scriptwriter)

20 January 1920

JosephusJosephus
(Historian, Scholar)

0037 AD

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

17 October 1912

Simonetta StefanelliSimonetta Stefanelli
(Actress)

30 November 1954

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PetrarchPetrarch
(Poet & Philosopher)

20 July 1304

Maria MontessoriMaria Montessori
(Physician and Educator)

31 August 1870

DonatelloDonatello
(Sculptor)

1386 AD

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.