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
15 April 1452
Polymath
Benito MussoliniBenito Mussolini
29 July 1883
Former Duce

James GandolfiniJames Gandolfini
18 September 1961
Actor

Gianluigi BuffonGianluigi Buffon
28 January 1978
Footballer

Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus
31 October 1451
Explorer

Michael CollinsMichael Collins
31 October 1930
NASA Astronaut, Command Module Pilot for Apollo 11
Carlo AncelottiCarlo Ancelotti
10 June 1959
Footballer

Roberto BaggioRoberto Baggio
18 February 1967
Football Player

Cole SprouseCole Sprouse
04 August 1992
Actor
Rose McGowanRose McGowan
05 September 1973
Actress

Monica BellucciMonica Bellucci
30 September 1964
Actress, Model
Mario BalotelliMario Balotelli
12 August 1990
Footballer

NeroNero
15 December 0037
Roman Emperor

Sophia LorenSophia Loren
20 September 1934
Actress

Marcus AureliusMarcus Aurelius
26 April 0121
Philosopher

Gianni VersaceGianni Versace
02 December 1946
Fashion Designer
MichelangeloMichelangelo
06 March 1475
Sculptor

St PaulSt Paul
0005 AD
Religious Preacher

Galileo GalileiGalileo Galilei
15 February 1564
Astronomer

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

Lucky LucianoLucky Luciano
11 November 1897
Gangster
Niccolò MachiavelliNiccolò Machiavelli
03 May 1469
Political Philosopher

Marco PoloMarco Polo
1254 AD
 

Luciano PavarottiLuciano Pavarotti
12 October 1935
 
Valentino RossiValentino Rossi
16 February 1979
Italian motorcycle road racer

Isabella RosselliniIsabella Rossellini
18 June 1952
Actress
Massimiliano AllegriMassimiliano Allegri
11 August 1967
Italian Football Manager

Joel McHaleJoel McHale
20 November 1971
Comedian, Actor

Andrea PirloAndrea Pirlo
19 May 1979
Italian footballer
Gennaro GattusoGennaro Gattuso
09 January 1978
Footballer

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Sonia GandhiSonia Gandhi
09 December 1946
Former President of Indian National Congress
Asia ArgentoAsia Argento
20 September 1975
Actress, Model, Writer

Michele MorroneMichele Morrone
03 October 1990
Actor

CiceroCicero
03 January 0106
Philosopher, Political Theorist

Charles V, Holy Roman EmperorCharles V, Holy Roman Emperor
24 February 1500
Former Holy Roman Emperor
Donatella VersaceDonatella Versace
02 May 1955
 
Catherine de' MediciCatherine de' Medici
13 April 1519
Queen of France

Dante AlighieriDante Alighieri
30 April 1265
Poet

Lorenzo de' MediciLorenzo de' Medici
01 January 1449
Leader

Giada De LaurentiisGiada De Laurentiis
22 August 1970
Chef, TV personality, Writer
Francesco TottiFrancesco Totti
27 September 1976
Italian Footballer

Michael BubleMichael Bublé
09 September 1975
Singer

Paulo DybalaPaulo Dybala
15 November 1993
Football Player

HadrianHadrian
24 January 0076
Roman Emperor

St Francis of Assisi St Francis of Assisi
26 November 1182
Founder of the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans)
Thomas AquinasThomas Aquinas
28 January 1225
Philosophers, Theologian

Pope Alexander VIPope Alexander VI
01 January 1431
Religious Leader
Mauro IcardiMauro Icardi
19 February 1993
Footballer

Mario AndrettiMario Andretti
28 February 1940
Racing driver

CaravaggioCaravaggio
29 September 1571
Painter
Franco NeroFranco Nero
23 November 1941
Actor

Greta ScacchiGreta Scacchi
18 February 1960
Actress
Chiara FerragniChiara Ferragni
07 May 1987
Fashion Blogger, Businesswoman

Danny HustonDanny Huston
14 May 1962
Actor

Ennio MorriconeEnnio Morricone
10 November 1928
Composer

RaphaelRaphael
1483 AD
Painter

Claudio RanieriClaudio Ranieri
20 October 1951
Football Manager
Silvio BerlusconiSilvio Berlusconi
29 September 1936
Former Prime Minister of Italy

PompeyPompey
29 September 0106
Military Leader

Joe GalloJoe Gallo
07 April 1929
Mobster

Enzo FerrariEnzo Ferrari
18 February 1898
Italian racing driver
John BasiloneJohn Basilone
04 November 1916
Armed Force Officer

Giorgio MoroderGiorgio Moroder
26 April 1940
Singer
Cesare BorgiaCesare Borgia
13 September 1475
Duke of Valentinois

Carlo GambinoCarlo Gambino
24 August 1902
Criminal

Charles PonziCharles Ponzi
03 March 1882
Con Artist
Laura KuenssbergLaura Kuenssberg
08 August 1976
Journalist

Vito GenoveseVito Genovese
21 November 1897
Mobster
Francis II, Holy Roman EmperorFrancis II, Holy Roman Emperor
12 February 1768
Last Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire

Antonio Lucio VivaldiAntonio Lucio Vivaldi
04 March 1678
Composer

Victor Emmanuel III of ItalyVictor Emmanuel III of Italy
11 November 1869
King of Italy
Pope Paul VIPope Paul VI
26 September 1897
Pope

Allegra VersaceAllegra Versace
30 June 1986
Socialite, Model
Giuseppe GaribaldiGiuseppe Garibaldi
04 July 1807
Italian Nationalist

Federico FelliniFederico Fellini
20 January 1920
Film Director and Scriptwriter

Giacomo CasanovaGiacomo Casanova
02 April 1725
Womanizer

Lucrezia BorgiaLucrezia Borgia
18 April 1480
Lady of Pesaro and Gradara , Duchess of Bisceglie
Pier Paolo PasoliniPier Paolo Pasolini
05 March 1922
Film Director
Fabio CapelloFabio Capello
18 June 1946
Football Player

Guccio GucciGuccio Gucci
26 March 1881
Italian Businessman

Amerigo VespucciAmerigo Vespucci
09 March 1454
Discoverer of South America

George DiCaprioGeorge DiCaprio
30 November 1943
Writer
Antonio GramsciAntonio Gramsci
22 January 1891
Politician, Philosopher

Umberto II of ItalyUmberto II of Italy
15 September 1904
King of Italy

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

Bruno SammartinoBruno Sammartino
06 October 1935
Wrestler

Antonio D’AmicoAntonio D’Amico
20 January 1959
Model
JosephusJosephus
0037 AD
Historian, Scholar

Lisa del GiocondoLisa del Giocondo
15 June 1479
Noblewomen
Scipio AfricanusScipio Africanus
0236 BC
Roman General

Giordano BrunoGiordano Bruno
1548 AD
Philosopher
Ludovico EinaudiLudovico Einaudi
23 November 1955
Pianist, Composer
Sandro BotticelliSandro Botticelli
1445 AD
Painter

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.