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

Andrea BocelliAndrea Bocelli
(Singer)

22 September 1958

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

15 April 1452

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

15 February 1564

Benito MussoliniBenito Mussolini
(Former Duce)

29 July 1883

Asia ArgentoAsia Argento
(Actress, Model, Writer)

20 September 1975

MichelangeloMichelangelo
(Sculptor)

06 March 1475

Paulo DybalaPaulo Dybala
(Football Player)

15 November 1993

Marco PoloMarco Polo

1254 AD

Monica BellucciMonica Bellucci
(Actress, Model)

30 September 1964

Matteo BocelliMatteo Bocelli
(Andrea Bocelli’s Son)

08 October 1997

Sophia LorenSophia Loren
(Film star)

20 September 1934

Mauro IcardiMauro Icardi
(Footballer)

19 February 1993

Niccolò MachiavelliNiccolò Machiavelli
(Political Philosopher)

03 May 1469

Chiara FerragniChiara Ferragni
(Fashion Blogger, Businesswoman)

07 May 1987

Gianluigi BuffonGianluigi Buffon
(Footballer)

28 January 1978

James GandolfiniJames Gandolfini
(Actor)

18 September 1961

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

22 August 1970

Valentino RossiValentino Rossi
(Italian motorcycle road racer)

16 February 1979

Mario BalotelliMario Balotelli
(Footballer)

12 August 1990

Dante AlighieriDante Alighieri
(Poet)

30 April 1265

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

13 April 1519

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

Amerigo VespucciAmerigo Vespucci
(Discoverer of South America)

09 March 1454

CiceroCicero
(Philosopher, Political Theorist)

03 January 0106

Bruno TonioliBruno Tonioli
(Choreographer)

25 November 1955

RaphaelRaphael
(Painter)

1483 AD

Luciano PavarottiLuciano Pavarotti

12 October 1935

Ennio MorriconeEnnio Morricone
(Composer)

10 November 1928

Jessie James DeckerJessie James Decker
(Singer)

12 April 1988

HadrianHadrian
(Roman Emperor)

24 January 0076

CaravaggioCaravaggio
(Painter)

29 September 1571

Allegra VersaceAllegra Versace
(Socialite, Model)

30 June 1986

Pope Alexander VIPope Alexander VI
(Religious Leader)

01 January 1431

John CabotJohn Cabot
(Explorer)

1450 AD

Marzia BisogninMarzia Bisognin
(YouTube Personality, Fashion Designer)

21 October 1992

PompeyPompey
(Military Leader)

29 September 0106

Lorenzo de' MediciLorenzo de' Medici
(Leader)

01 January 1449

Andrea PirloAndrea Pirlo
(Italian footballer)

19 May 1979

Francesco TottiFrancesco Totti
(Italian Footballer)

27 September 1976

Silvio BerlusconiSilvio Berlusconi
(Former Prime Minister of Italy)

29 September 1936

Cesare BorgiaCesare Borgia
(Duke of Valentinois)

13 September 1475

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

17 October 1912

Pope Paul VIPope Paul VI
(Pope)

26 September 1897

Joel McHaleJoel McHale
(Comedian, Actor)

20 November 1971

Enzo FerrariEnzo Ferrari
(Italian racing driver)

18 February 1898

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

18 April 1480

Guglielmo MarconiGuglielmo Marconi
(Inventor)

25 April 1874

Giuseppe GaribaldiGiuseppe Garibaldi
(Italian Nationalist)

04 July 1807

Giacomo CasanovaGiacomo Casanova
(Womanizer)

02 April 1725

Gennaro GattusoGennaro Gattuso
(Footballer)

09 January 1978

Giuseppe VerdiGiuseppe Verdi
(Composer)

10 October 1813

DonatelloDonatello
(Sculptor)

1386 AD

OvidOvid
(Poet)

20 March 0043

Giorgio ArmaniGiorgio Armani

11 July 1934

Sandro BotticelliSandro Botticelli
(Painter)

1445 AD

Roberto BaggioRoberto Baggio
(Football Player)

18 February 1967

PetrarchPetrarch
(Poet & Philosopher)

20 July 1304

Maria MontessoriMaria Montessori
(Physician and Educator)

31 August 1870

Federico FelliniFederico Fellini
(Film Director and Scriptwriter)

20 January 1920

Giacomo PucciniGiacomo Puccini
(Composer)

22 December 1858

Pope John XXIIIPope John XXIII
(Pope)

25 November 1881

Artemisia GentileschiArtemisia Gentileschi
(Painter)

08 July 1593

Enrico FermiEnrico Fermi
(Nobel Laureate in Physics)

29 September 1901

Carla BruniCarla Bruni
(French-Italian singer-songwriter)

23 December 1967

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

02 March 1876

TitianTitian
(Painter)

1488 AD

Ludovico EinaudiLudovico Einaudi
(Pianist, Composer)

23 November 1955

Umberto EcoUmberto Eco
(Italian Semiotician, Philosopher)

05 January 1932

Amedeo ModiglianiAmedeo Modigliani
(Painter & Sculptor)

12 July 1884

Guccio GucciGuccio Gucci
(Italian Businessman)

26 March 1881

Mario AndrettiMario Andretti

28 February 1940

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.