Find out more about the greatest Italian, including Leonardo da Vinci, Donatella Versace, Christopher Columbus, Andrea Bocelli and Benito Mussolini.

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

Gianluigi BuffonGianluigi Buffon
(Footballer)

28 January 1978

Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus

31 October 1451

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

15 February 1564

MichelangeloMichelangelo
(Sculptor)

06 March 1475

Monica BellucciMonica Bellucci
(Actress, Model)

30 September 1964

Allegra VersaceAllegra Versace
(Socialite, Model)

30 June 1986

Paulo DybalaPaulo Dybala
(Football Player)

15 November 1993

Marco PoloMarco Polo

1254 AD

Mario BalotelliMario Balotelli
(Footballer)

12 August 1990

Sophia LorenSophia Loren
(Film star)

20 September 1934

Niccolò MachiavelliNiccolò Machiavelli
(Political Philosopher)

03 May 1469

Andrea BocelliAndrea Bocelli
(Singer)

22 September 1958

Mauro IcardiMauro Icardi
(Footballer)

19 February 1993

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

13 April 1519

Valentino RossiValentino Rossi
(Italian motorcycle road racer)

16 February 1979

Silvio BerlusconiSilvio Berlusconi
(Former Prime Minister of Italy)

29 September 1936

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

24 February 1500

CiceroCicero
(Philosopher, Political Theorist)

03 January 0106

Dante AlighieriDante Alighieri
(Poet)

30 April 1265

Thomas AquinasThomas Aquinas
(Philosophers, Theologian)

28 January 1225

Gennaro GattusoGennaro Gattuso
(Footballer)

09 January 1978

RaphaelRaphael
(Painter)

1483 AD

Francesco TottiFrancesco Totti
(Italian Footballer)

27 September 1976

Pope Alexander VIPope Alexander VI
(Religious Leader)

01 January 1431

Andrea PirloAndrea Pirlo
(Italian footballer)

19 May 1979

Santo VersaceSanto Versace
(Businessman)

16 December 1944

Jessie James DeckerJessie James Decker
(Singer)

12 April 1988

CaravaggioCaravaggio
(Painter)

29 September 1571

Michelle BeadleMichelle Beadle
(Journalist, TV Anchor)

23 October 1975

HadrianHadrian
(Roman Emperor)

24 January 0076

Chiara FerragniChiara Ferragni
(Fashion Blogger, Businesswoman)

07 May 1987

Luciano PavarottiLuciano Pavarotti

12 October 1935

Cesare BorgiaCesare Borgia
(Duke of Valentinois)

13 September 1475

Luigi Di MaioLuigi Di Maio
(Party leader of the Five Star Movement)

06 July 1986

Giacomo CasanovaGiacomo Casanova
(Womanizer)

02 April 1725

Amerigo VespucciAmerigo Vespucci
(Discoverer of South America)

09 March 1454

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

18 April 1480

Roberto BaggioRoberto Baggio
(Football Player)

18 February 1967

Ennio MorriconeEnnio Morricone
(Composer)

10 November 1928

Carla BruniCarla Bruni
(French-Italian singer-songwriter)

23 December 1967

Giuseppe GaribaldiGiuseppe Garibaldi
(Italian Nationalist)

04 July 1807

Federico FelliniFederico Fellini
(Film Director and Scriptwriter)

20 January 1920

Amedeo ModiglianiAmedeo Modigliani
(Painter & Sculptor)

12 July 1884

Giorgio ArmaniGiorgio Armani

11 July 1934

Lorenzo de' MediciLorenzo de' Medici
(Leader)

01 January 1449

Francesca GregoriniFrancesca Gregorini
(Film Director)

07 August 1968

Enzo FerrariEnzo Ferrari
(Italian racing driver)

18 February 1898

Guglielmo MarconiGuglielmo Marconi
(Inventor)

25 April 1874

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

17 October 1912

Giuseppe VerdiGiuseppe Verdi
(Composer)

10 October 1813

John CabotJohn Cabot
(Explorer)

1450 AD

DonatelloDonatello
(Sculptor)

1386 AD

Sandro BotticelliSandro Botticelli
(Painter)

1445 AD

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

02 March 1876

Matteo RenziMatteo Renzi
(Prime Minister of Italy)

11 January 1975

Mario AndrettiMario Andretti

28 February 1940

OvidOvid
(Poet)

20 March 0043

TitianTitian
(Painter)

1488 AD

Enrico FermiEnrico Fermi
(Nobel Laureate in Physics)

29 September 1901

PetrarchPetrarch
(Poet & Philosopher)

20 July 1304

Giacomo PucciniGiacomo Puccini
(Composer)

22 December 1858

Artemisia GentileschiArtemisia Gentileschi
(Painter)

08 July 1593

Pope Paul VIPope Paul VI
(Pope)

26 September 1897

Pope John XXIIIPope John XXIII
(Pope)

25 November 1881

Maria MontessoriMaria Montessori
(Physician and Educator)

31 August 1870

Clara PetacciClara Petacci
(Mistress of Benito Mussolini)

28 February 1912

Umberto EcoUmberto Eco
(Italian Semiotician, Philosopher)

05 January 1932

Ludovico EinaudiLudovico Einaudi
(Pianist, Composer)

23 November 1955

Gioachino RossiniGioachino Rossini
(Composer)

01 March 1792

Emma MoranoEmma Morano
(Supercentenarian)

29 November 1899

Frederick II, Holy Roman EmperorFrederick II, Holy Roman Emperor
(Holy Roman Emperor)

26 December 1194

Frank CapraFrank Capra
(Film Director)

18 May 1897

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.