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

James GandolfiniJames Gandolfini
(Actor)

18 September 1961

Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus

31 October 1451

Benito MussoliniBenito Mussolini
(Former Duce)

29 July 1883

Allegra VersaceAllegra Versace
(Socialite, Model)

30 June 1986

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

15 February 1564

Lorenzo de' MediciLorenzo de' Medici
(Leader)

01 January 1449

Rose McGowanRose McGowan
(Actress)

05 September 1973

Mario BalotelliMario Balotelli
(Footballer)

12 August 1990

MichelangeloMichelangelo
(Sculptor)

06 March 1475

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Monica BellucciMonica Bellucci
(Actress, Model)

30 September 1964

Sophia LorenSophia Loren
(Film star)

20 September 1934

Andrea BocelliAndrea Bocelli
(Singer)

22 September 1958

Gianluigi BuffonGianluigi Buffon
(Footballer)

28 January 1978

Marco PoloMarco Polo

1254 AD

Mauro IcardiMauro Icardi
(Footballer)

19 February 1993

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Santo VersaceSanto Versace
(Businessman)

16 December 1944

Niccolò MachiavelliNiccolò Machiavelli
(Political Philosopher)

03 May 1469

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

22 August 1970

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

13 April 1519

Paulo DybalaPaulo Dybala
(Football Player)

15 November 1993

Marzia BisogninMarzia Bisognin
(YouTube Personality, Fashion Designer)

21 October 1992

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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

Claudio RanieriClaudio Ranieri
(Football Manager)

20 October 1951

Dante AlighieriDante Alighieri
(Poet)

30 April 1265

Isabella RosselliniIsabella Rossellini
(Actress)

18 June 1952

CiceroCicero
(Philosopher, Political Theorist)

03 January 0106

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Asia ArgentoAsia Argento
(Actress, Model, Writer)

20 September 1975

Jessie James DeckerJessie James Decker
(Singer)

12 April 1988

Joel McHaleJoel McHale
(Comedian, Actor)

20 November 1971

RaphaelRaphael
(Painter)

1483 AD

Valentino RossiValentino Rossi
(Italian motorcycle road racer)

16 February 1979

Luciano PavarottiLuciano Pavarotti

12 October 1935

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Sandro BotticelliSandro Botticelli
(Painter)

1445 AD

Amerigo VespucciAmerigo Vespucci
(Discoverer of South America)

09 March 1454

HadrianHadrian
(Roman Emperor)

24 January 0076

Silvio BerlusconiSilvio Berlusconi
(Former Prime Minister of Italy)

29 September 1936

Andrea PirloAndrea Pirlo
(Italian footballer)

19 May 1979

Pope Alexander VIPope Alexander VI
(Religious Leader)

01 January 1431

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CaravaggioCaravaggio
(Painter)

29 September 1571

Ennio MorriconeEnnio Morricone
(Composer)

10 November 1928

Carlo AncelottiCarlo Ancelotti
(Footballer)

10 June 1959

Giorgio ArmaniGiorgio Armani

11 July 1934

PompeyPompey
(Military Leader)

29 September 0106

Matteo BocelliMatteo Bocelli
(Andrea Bocelli’s Son)

08 October 1997

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Francesco TottiFrancesco Totti
(Italian Footballer)

27 September 1976

Cesare BorgiaCesare Borgia
(Duke of Valentinois)

13 September 1475

Gennaro GattusoGennaro Gattuso
(Footballer)

09 January 1978

Roberto BaggioRoberto Baggio
(Football Player)

18 February 1967

Franco NeroFranco Nero
(Actor)

23 November 1941

Giuseppe VerdiGiuseppe Verdi
(Composer)

10 October 1813

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Giuseppe GaribaldiGiuseppe Garibaldi
(Italian Nationalist)

04 July 1807

Giorgio MoroderGiorgio Moroder
(Singer)

26 April 1940

Giacomo CasanovaGiacomo Casanova
(Womanizer)

02 April 1725

Enzo FerrariEnzo Ferrari
(Italian racing driver)

18 February 1898

Marco GaribaldiMarco Garibaldi
(Producer)

1955 AD

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

18 April 1480

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Enrica CenzattiEnrica Cenzatti
(Andrea Bocelli’s First Wife)

1969 AD

John CabotJohn Cabot
(Explorer)

1450 AD

Pope Pius XIIPope Pius XII
(Pope of Roman Catholic Church)

02 March 1876

Massimiliano AllegriMassimiliano Allegri
(Italian Football Manager)

11 August 1967

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

Federico FelliniFederico Fellini
(Film Director and Scriptwriter)

20 January 1920

Carlo UrbaniCarlo Urbani
(Epidemiologist)

19 October 1956

JosephusJosephus
(Historian, Scholar)

0037 AD

Greta ScacchiGreta Scacchi
(Actress)

18 February 1960

Maria MontessoriMaria Montessori
(Physician and Educator)

31 August 1870

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OvidOvid
(Poet)

20 March 0043

DonatelloDonatello
(Sculptor)

1386 AD

Francesca GregoriniFrancesca Gregorini
(Film Director)

07 August 1968

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.