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.

Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus
31 October 1451
 
Michele MorroneMichele Morrone
03 October 1990
Actor

Ennio MorriconeEnnio Morricone
10 November 1928
Composer

Cole SprouseCole Sprouse
04 August 1992
Actor

Leonardo da VinciLeonardo da Vinci
15 April 1452
Polymath

James GandolfiniJames Gandolfini
18 September 1961
Actor
Benito MussoliniBenito Mussolini
29 July 1883
Former Duce

Andrea PirloAndrea Pirlo
19 May 1979
Italian footballer

Rose McGowanRose McGowan
05 September 1973
Actress
Marco PoloMarco Polo
1254 AD
 

Joel McHaleJoel McHale
20 November 1971
Comedian, Actor
Monica BellucciMonica Bellucci
30 September 1964
Actress, Model

Marcus AureliusMarcus Aurelius
26 April 0121
Philosopher

Gianluigi BuffonGianluigi Buffon
28 January 1978
Footballer

Dylan Sprouse Dylan Sprouse
04 August 1992
Actor

NeroNero
15 December 0037
Roman Emperor
Lucky LucianoLucky Luciano
11 November 1897
Gangster

Lorenzo de' MediciLorenzo de' Medici
01 January 1449
Leader

Galileo GalileiGalileo Galilei
15 February 1564
Astronomer

Sophia LorenSophia Loren
20 September 1934
Actress
CiceroCicero
03 January 0106
Philosopher, Political Theorist

Valentino RossiValentino Rossi
16 February 1979
Italian motorcycle road racer
Sonia GandhiSonia Gandhi
09 December 1946
Former President of Indian National Congress

Mario BalotelliMario Balotelli
12 August 1990
Footballer

Pope Paul VIPope Paul VI
26 September 1897
Pope
MichelangeloMichelangelo
06 March 1475
Sculptor

Lindsay HartleyLindsay Hartley
17 April 1978
Actress
Isabella RosselliniIsabella Rossellini
18 June 1952
Actress

Carlo AncelottiCarlo Ancelotti
10 June 1959
Footballer

Niccolò MachiavelliNiccolò Machiavelli
03 May 1469
Political Philosopher
Andrea BocelliAndrea Bocelli
22 September 1958
Singer

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Paulo DybalaPaulo Dybala
15 November 1993
Football Player
Catherine de' MediciCatherine de' Medici
13 April 1519
Queen of France

Giada De LaurentiisGiada De Laurentiis
22 August 1970
Chef, TV personality, Writer

Carlo GambinoCarlo Gambino
24 August 1902
Criminal

Amerigo VespucciAmerigo Vespucci
09 March 1454
Discoverer of South America
Greta ScacchiGreta Scacchi
18 February 1960
Actress
Michael BubleMichael Bublé
09 September 1975
Singer

Charles V, Holy Roman EmperorCharles V, Holy Roman Emperor
24 February 1500
Former Holy Roman Emperor

Asia ArgentoAsia Argento
20 September 1975
Actress, Model, Writer

Gennaro GattusoGennaro Gattuso
09 January 1978
Footballer
Mauro IcardiMauro Icardi
19 February 1993
Footballer

Luciano PavarottiLuciano Pavarotti
12 October 1935
 

Danny HustonDanny Huston
14 May 1962
Actor

Dante AlighieriDante Alighieri
30 April 1265
Poet

Donatella VersaceDonatella Versace
02 May 1955
 
Enzo FerrariEnzo Ferrari
18 February 1898
Italian racing driver

Mario AndrettiMario Andretti
28 February 1940
 
Pope Alexander VIPope Alexander VI
01 January 1431
Religious Leader

Thomas AquinasThomas Aquinas
28 January 1225
Philosophers, Theologian

HadrianHadrian
24 January 0076
Roman Emperor
Silvio BerlusconiSilvio Berlusconi
29 September 1936
Former Prime Minister of Italy

John FranzeseJohn Franzese
06 February 1917
Crime Boss
Franco NeroFranco Nero
23 November 1941
Actor

RaphaelRaphael
1483 AD
Painter

Cesare BorgiaCesare Borgia
13 September 1475
Duke of Valentinois

Artemisia GentileschiArtemisia Gentileschi
08 July 1593
Painter

Lucrezia BorgiaLucrezia Borgia
18 April 1480
Lady of Pesaro and Gradara , Duchess of Bisceglie
Francesco TottiFrancesco Totti
27 September 1976
Italian Footballer

Federico FelliniFederico Fellini
20 January 1920
Film Director and Scriptwriter

Roberto BaggioRoberto Baggio
18 February 1967
Football Player

CaravaggioCaravaggio
29 September 1571
Painter
Albert AnastasiaAlbert Anastasia
26 September 1902
Criminal

PompeyPompey
29 September 0106
Military Leader
Antonio GramsciAntonio Gramsci
22 January 1891
Politician, Philosopher

Sandro BotticelliSandro Botticelli
1445 AD
Painter

Carla BruniCarla Bruni
23 December 1967
French-Italian singer-songwriter
Claudio RanieriClaudio Ranieri
20 October 1951
Football Manager

Giuseppe GaribaldiGiuseppe Garibaldi
04 July 1807
Italian Nationalist
Girolamo SavonarolaGirolamo Savonarola
21 September 1452
Monk

Giorgio MoroderGiorgio Moroder
26 April 1940
Singer

Guglielmo MarconiGuglielmo Marconi
25 April 1874
Inventor
Joseph BonannoJoseph Bonanno
18 January 1905
Gangster

Allegra VersaceAllegra Versace
30 June 1986
Socialite, Model
Pope Leo XPope Leo X
11 December 1475
Pope

Giordano BrunoGiordano Bruno
1548 AD
Philosopher

Bud SpencerBud Spencer
31 October 1929
Actor

Carol Ann SusiCarol Ann Susi
02 February 1952
Actress
Scipio AfricanusScipio Africanus
0236 BC
Roman General
Frank NittiFrank Nitti
27 January 1886
Gangster

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

Giacomo CasanovaGiacomo Casanova
02 April 1725
Womanizer

Umberto EcoUmberto Eco
05 January 1932
Italian Semiotician, Philosopher
JosephusJosephus
0037 AD
Historian, Scholar

Massimiliano AllegriMassimiliano Allegri
11 August 1967
Italian Football Manager

Victor Emmanuel III of ItalyVictor Emmanuel III of Italy
11 November 1869
King of Italy

Francis II, Holy Roman EmperorFrancis II, Holy Roman Emperor
12 February 1768
Last Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire

Angelo BrunoAngelo Bruno
21 May 1910
Gangster
OvidOvid
20 March 0043
Poet

Pope Clement VIIPope Clement VII
26 May 1478
Pope
Pope Pius XIIPope Pius XII
02 March 1876
Pope of Roman Catholic Church

Marcello Mastroianni Marcello Mastroianni
28 September 1924
Actor
Simonetta StefanelliSimonetta Stefanelli
30 November 1954
Actress
Ludovico EinaudiLudovico Einaudi
23 November 1955
Pianist, Composer

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.