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.

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

15 April 1452

Benito MussoliniBenito Mussolini
(Former Duce)

29 July 1883

Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus

31 October 1451

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

15 February 1564

James GandolfiniJames Gandolfini
(Actor)

18 September 1961

MichelangeloMichelangelo
(Sculptor)

06 March 1475

Monica BellucciMonica Bellucci
(Actress, Model)

30 September 1964

Sophia LorenSophia Loren
(Film star)

20 September 1934

Mario BalotelliMario Balotelli
(Footballer)

12 August 1990

Andrea BocelliAndrea Bocelli
(Singer)

22 September 1958

Rose McGowanRose McGowan
(Actress)

05 September 1973

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Marco PoloMarco Polo

1254 AD

Niccolò MachiavelliNiccolò Machiavelli
(Political Philosopher)

03 May 1469

Allegra VersaceAllegra Versace
(Socialite, Model)

30 June 1986

Gianluigi BuffonGianluigi Buffon
(Footballer)

28 January 1978

Marzia BisogninMarzia Bisognin
(YouTube Personality, Fashion Designer)

21 October 1992

Paulo DybalaPaulo Dybala
(Football Player)

15 November 1993

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

24 February 1500

Claudio RanieriClaudio Ranieri
(Football Manager)

20 October 1951

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

13 April 1519

Dante AlighieriDante Alighieri
(Poet)

30 April 1265

Lorenzo de' MediciLorenzo de' Medici
(Leader)

01 January 1449

Valentino RossiValentino Rossi
(Italian motorcycle road racer)

16 February 1979

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Thomas AquinasThomas Aquinas
(Philosophers, Theologian)

28 January 1225

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

22 August 1970

CiceroCicero
(Philosopher, Political Theorist)

03 January 0106

Isabella RosselliniIsabella Rossellini
(Actress)

18 June 1952

Mauro IcardiMauro Icardi
(Footballer)

19 February 1993

Mario AndrettiMario Andretti

28 February 1940

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RaphaelRaphael
(Painter)

1483 AD

Luciano PavarottiLuciano Pavarotti

12 October 1935

Emiliano SalaEmiliano Sala
(Footballer)

31 October 1990

HadrianHadrian
(Roman Emperor)

24 January 0076

Massimiliano AllegriMassimiliano Allegri
(Italian Football Manager)

11 August 1967

Silvio BerlusconiSilvio Berlusconi
(Former Prime Minister of Italy)

29 September 1936

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Joel McHaleJoel McHale
(Comedian, Actor)

20 November 1971

Andrea PirloAndrea Pirlo
(Italian footballer)

19 May 1979

Asia ArgentoAsia Argento
(Actress, Model, Writer)

20 September 1975

Jessie James DeckerJessie James Decker
(Singer)

12 April 1988

Amerigo VespucciAmerigo Vespucci
(Discoverer of South America)

09 March 1454

CaravaggioCaravaggio
(Painter)

29 September 1571

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PompeyPompey
(Military Leader)

29 September 0106

Francesco TottiFrancesco Totti
(Italian Footballer)

27 September 1976

Pope Alexander VIPope Alexander VI
(Religious Leader)

01 January 1431

Carlo AncelottiCarlo Ancelotti
(Footballer)

10 June 1959

Santo VersaceSanto Versace
(Businessman)

16 December 1944

Danny HustonDanny Huston
(Actor)

14 May 1962

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Matteo BocelliMatteo Bocelli
(Andrea Bocelli’s Son)

08 October 1997

Ennio MorriconeEnnio Morricone
(Composer)

10 November 1928

Sandro BotticelliSandro Botticelli
(Painter)

1445 AD

Giuseppe GaribaldiGiuseppe Garibaldi
(Italian Nationalist)

04 July 1807

Giorgio MoroderGiorgio Moroder
(Singer)

26 April 1940

Cesare BorgiaCesare Borgia
(Duke of Valentinois)

13 September 1475

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Gennaro GattusoGennaro Gattuso
(Footballer)

09 January 1978

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

02 March 1876

Clara PetacciClara Petacci
(Mistress of Benito Mussolini)

28 February 1912

Enzo FerrariEnzo Ferrari
(Italian racing driver)

18 February 1898

Giorgio ArmaniGiorgio Armani

11 July 1934

Enrica CenzattiEnrica Cenzatti
(Andrea Bocelli’s First Wife)

1969 AD

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Roberto BaggioRoberto Baggio
(Football Player)

18 February 1967

Giacomo CasanovaGiacomo Casanova
(Womanizer)

02 April 1725

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

17 October 1912

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

18 April 1480

Giuseppe VerdiGiuseppe Verdi
(Composer)

10 October 1813

Franco NeroFranco Nero
(Actor)

23 November 1941

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JosephusJosephus
(Historian, Scholar)

0037 AD

Ludovico EinaudiLudovico Einaudi
(Pianist, Composer)

23 November 1955

Carla BruniCarla Bruni
(French-Italian singer-songwriter)

23 December 1967

Carlo UrbaniCarlo Urbani
(Epidemiologist)

19 October 1956

Guglielmo MarconiGuglielmo Marconi
(Inventor)

25 April 1874

John FranzeseJohn Franzese
(Crime Boss)

06 February 1917

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John CabotJohn Cabot
(Explorer)

1450 AD

Francesca GregoriniFrancesca Gregorini
(Film Director)

07 August 1968

Enrico FermiEnrico Fermi
(Nobel Laureate in Physics)

29 September 1901

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.