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.

Donatella VersaceDonatella Versace

02 May 1955

Reggio di Calabria, Italy

Taurus

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

15 April 1452

02 May 1519

Vinci

Aries

Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus

31 October 1451

20 May 1506

Genoa, Republic of Genoa

Scorpio

Benito MussoliniBenito Mussolini
(Former Duce)

29 July 1883

28 April 1945

Predappio

Leo

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

15 February 1564

08 January 1642

Pisa

Aquarius

Andrea BocelliAndrea Bocelli
(Singer)

22 September 1958

Lajatico, Italy

Virgo

MichelangeloMichelangelo
(Sculptor)

06 March 1475

18 February 1564

Caprese Michelangelo

Pisces

Monica BellucciMonica Bellucci
(Actress, Model)

30 September 1964

Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy

Libra

Gianluigi BuffonGianluigi Buffon
(Footballer)

28 January 1978

Carrara, Italy

Aquarius

Marco PoloMarco Polo

1254 AD

09 January 1324

Venice

Sophia LorenSophia Loren
(Film star)

20 September 1934

Rome

Virgo

Mario BalotelliMario Balotelli
(Footballer)

12 August 1990

Palermo

Leo

Niccolò MachiavelliNiccolò Machiavelli
(Political Philosopher)

03 May 1469

21 June 1527

Florence

Taurus

Paulo DybalaPaulo Dybala
(Football Player)

15 November 1993

Laguna Larga

Scorpio

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

13 April 1519

05 January 1589

Florence

Aries

Silvio BerlusconiSilvio Berlusconi
(Former Prime Minister of Italy)

29 September 1936

Milan

Libra

Gennaro GattusoGennaro Gattuso
(Footballer)

09 January 1978

Corigliano Calabro

Capricorn

CiceroCicero
(Philosopher, Political Theorist)

03 January 0106

07 December 0043

Arpinum, Roman Republic, modern Arpino, Lazio, Italy

Capricorn

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

24 February 1500

21 September 1558

Ghent

Pisces

Mauro IcardiMauro Icardi
(Footballer)

19 February 1993

Rosario

Aquarius

Thomas AquinasThomas Aquinas
(Philosophers, Theologian)

28 January 1225

07 March 1274

Roccasecca

Aquarius

Dante AlighieriDante Alighieri
(Poet)

30 April 1265

14 September 1321

Florence, Italy

Taurus

Francesca GregoriniFrancesca Gregorini
(Film Director)

07 August 1968

Rome, Italy

Leo

Valentino RossiValentino Rossi
(Italian motorcycle road racer)

16 February 1979

Tavullia, Italy

Aquarius

RaphaelRaphael
(Painter)

1483 AD

06 April 1520

Urbino

Luciano PavarottiLuciano Pavarotti

12 October 1935

06 September 2007

Modena

Libra

Pope Alexander VIPope Alexander VI
(Religious Leader)

01 January 1431

18 August 1503

Xàtiva, Spain

Capricorn

Umberto EcoUmberto Eco
(Italian Semiotician, Philosopher)

05 January 1932

19 February 2016

Alessandria, Italy

Capricorn

HadrianHadrian
(Roman Emperor)

24 January 0076

10 July 0138

Italica, Hispania

Aquarius

CaravaggioCaravaggio
(Painter)

29 September 1571

18 July 1610

Milan

Libra

Amerigo VespucciAmerigo Vespucci
(Discoverer of South America)

09 March 1454

22 February 1512

Florence

Pisces

Cesare BorgiaCesare Borgia
(Duke of Valentinois)

13 September 1475

12 March 1507

Rome, Papal States

Virgo

Giacomo CasanovaGiacomo Casanova
(Womanizer)

02 April 1725

04 June 1798

Venice, Italy

Aries

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

06 July 1986

Avellino

Cancer

Carla BruniCarla Bruni
(French-Italian singer-songwriter)

23 December 1967

Turin, Italy

Capricorn

Ennio MorriconeEnnio Morricone
(Composer)

10 November 1928

Rome

Scorpio

John CabotJohn Cabot
(Explorer)

1450 AD

1508 AD

Castiglione Chiavarese, Republic of Genoa

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

18 April 1480

24 June 1519

Subiaco

Aries

Francesco TottiFrancesco Totti
(Italian Footballer)

27 September 1976

Rome, Italy

Libra

Andrea PirloAndrea Pirlo
(Italian footballer)

19 May 1979

Flero, Italy

Taurus

Giuseppe GaribaldiGiuseppe Garibaldi
(Italian Nationalist)

04 July 1807

02 June 1882

Nice

Cancer

Giorgio ArmaniGiorgio Armani

11 July 1934

Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Cancer

Amedeo ModiglianiAmedeo Modigliani
(Painter & Sculptor)

12 July 1884

24 January 1920

Livorno

Cancer

Giuseppe VerdiGiuseppe Verdi
(Composer)

10 October 1813

27 January 1901

Le Roncole

Libra

Guglielmo MarconiGuglielmo Marconi
(Inventor)

25 April 1874

20 July 1937

Bologna

Taurus

Enzo FerrariEnzo Ferrari
(Italian racing driver)

18 February 1898

14 August 1988

Turin

Aquarius

Federico FelliniFederico Fellini
(Film Director and Scriptwriter)

20 January 1920

31 October 1993

Rimini, Kingdom of Italy

Capricorn

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

17 October 1912

28 September 1978

Canale d'Agordo

Libra

Roberto BaggioRoberto Baggio
(Football Player)

18 February 1967

Caldogno

Aquarius

Michelle BeadleMichelle Beadle
(Journalist, TV Anchor)

23 October 1975

Italy

Libra

Lorenzo de' MediciLorenzo de' Medici
(Leader)

01 January 1449

08 April 1492

Florence, Italy

Capricorn

Giacomo PucciniGiacomo Puccini
(Composer)

22 December 1858

29 November 1924

Lucca

Sagittarius

Matteo RenziMatteo Renzi
(Prime Minister of Italy)

11 January 1975

Florence

Capricorn

Sandro BotticelliSandro Botticelli
(Painter)

1445 AD

17 May 1510

Florence, Republic of Florence

DonatelloDonatello
(Sculptor)

1386 AD

13 December 1466

Florence

Enrico FermiEnrico Fermi
(Nobel Laureate in Physics)

29 September 1901

28 November 1954

Rome, Italy

Libra

OvidOvid
(Poet)

20 March 0043

0017 AD

Sulmo, Italy, Roman Republic

Pisces

PetrarchPetrarch
(Poet & Philosopher)

20 July 1304

19 July 1374

Arezzo

Cancer

Maria MontessoriMaria Montessori
(Physician and Educator)

31 August 1870

06 May 1952

Chiaravalle (Ancona), Italy

Virgo

TitianTitian
(Painter)

1488 AD

27 August 1576

Pieve di Cadore

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

02 March 1876

09 October 1958

Rome

Pisces

Giada ColagrandeGiada Colagrande
(Filmmaker, Actress)

16 October 1975

Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy

Libra

Artemisia GentileschiArtemisia Gentileschi
(Painter)

08 July 1593

1656 AD

Rome

Cancer

Gioachino RossiniGioachino Rossini
(Composer)

01 March 1792

13 November 1868

Pesaro

Pisces

Ludovico EinaudiLudovico Einaudi
(Pianist, Composer)

23 November 1955

Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Sagittarius

Clara PetacciClara Petacci
(Mistress of Benito Mussolini)

28 February 1912

28 April 1945

Rome, Italy

Pisces

Mario AndrettiMario Andretti

28 February 1940

Italy

Pisces

Pope John XXIIIPope John XXIII
(Pope)

25 November 1881

03 June 1963

Sotto il Monte

Sagittarius

Simonetta StefanelliSimonetta Stefanelli
(Actress)

30 November 1954

Rome

Sagittarius

Frank CapraFrank Capra
(Film Director)

18 May 1897

03 September 1991

Bisacquino, Sicily, Italy

Taurus

Marcello Mastroianni Marcello Mastroianni
(Actor)

28 September 1924

19 December 1996

Fontana Liri, Lazio, Italy

Libra

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

26 December 1194

13 December 1250

Iesi, Marche, Italy

Capricorn

Pliny the YoungerPliny the Younger
(Author, Lawyer)

0061 AD

0112 AD

Como

Claudio MonteverdiClaudio Monteverdi
(Composer)

15 May 1567

29 November 1643

Cremona

Taurus

Primo LeviPrimo Levi
(Writer, Chemist)

31 July 1919

11 April 1987

Turin, Italy

Leo

Amedeo AvogadroAmedeo Avogadro
(Chemist and Physicist)

09 August 1776

09 July 1856

Turin, Italy

Leo

Giuseppe MazziniGiuseppe Mazzini

22 June 1805

10 March 1872

Genoa, Italy

Cancer

Michelle HunzikerMichelle Hunziker
(Model, Actress)

24 January 1977

Sorengo

Aquarius

George SantayanaGeorge Santayana
(Philosopher, Essayist, Poet, & Novelist)

16 December 1863

26 September 1952

Madrid

Sagittarius

Franco ZeffirelliFranco Zeffirelli
(Film Director and Producer)

12 February 1923

Florence, Italy

Aquarius

Daniela BianchiDaniela Bianchi
(Aactress)

31 January 1942

Rome

Aquarius

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.