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
 
Cole SprouseCole Sprouse
04 August 1992
Actor

Leonardo da VinciLeonardo da Vinci
15 April 1452
Polymath

Benito MussoliniBenito Mussolini
29 July 1883
Former Duce

Galileo GalileiGalileo Galilei
15 February 1564
Astronomer, Mathematician, Philosopher, Rebel

James GandolfiniJames Gandolfini
18 September 1961
Actor
MichelangeloMichelangelo
06 March 1475
Sculptor

Monica BellucciMonica Bellucci
30 September 1964
Actress, Model

Sophia LorenSophia Loren
20 September 1934
Film star

Mario BalotelliMario Balotelli
12 August 1990
Footballer
Marco PoloMarco Polo
1254 AD
 

Andrea BocelliAndrea Bocelli
22 September 1958
Singer
Niccolò MachiavelliNiccolò Machiavelli
03 May 1469
Political Philosopher

Gianluigi BuffonGianluigi Buffon
28 January 1978
Footballer

Rose McGowanRose McGowan
05 September 1973
Actress
Valentino RossiValentino Rossi
16 February 1979
Italian motorcycle road racer

Isabella RosselliniIsabella Rossellini
18 June 1952
Actress
Donatella VersaceDonatella Versace
02 May 1955
 

Charles V, Holy Roman EmperorCharles V, Holy Roman Emperor
24 February 1500
Former Holy Roman Emperor

Massimiliano AllegriMassimiliano Allegri
11 August 1967
Italian Football Manager
Enzo FerrariEnzo Ferrari
18 February 1898
Italian racing driver

Thomas AquinasThomas Aquinas
28 January 1225
Philosophers, Theologian
Dante AlighieriDante Alighieri
30 April 1265
Poet

Luciano PavarottiLuciano Pavarotti
12 October 1935
 

Paulo DybalaPaulo Dybala
15 November 1993
Football Player

CiceroCicero
03 January 0106
Philosopher, Political Theorist
Bruno TonioliBruno Tonioli
25 November 1955
Choreographer
Marzia BisogninMarzia Bisognin
21 October 1992
YouTube Personality, Fashion Designer

Catherine de' MediciCatherine de' Medici
13 April 1519
Queen of France

Giada De LaurentiisGiada De Laurentiis
22 August 1970
Chef, TV personality, Writer

Amerigo VespucciAmerigo Vespucci
09 March 1454
Discoverer of South America
Mauro IcardiMauro Icardi
19 February 1993
Footballer

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Matteo SalviniMatteo Salvini
09 March 1973
Political Leader

Sonia GandhiSonia Gandhi
09 December 1946
Former President of Indian National Congress

Asia ArgentoAsia Argento
20 September 1975
Actress, Model, Writer

RaphaelRaphael
1483 AD
Painter
Emiliano SalaEmiliano Sala
31 October 1990
Footballer

Carlo AncelottiCarlo Ancelotti
10 June 1959
Footballer
Lorenzo de' MediciLorenzo de' Medici
01 January 1449
Leader

Beth ChapmanBeth Chapman
29 October 1967
Television Personality

HadrianHadrian
24 January 0076
Roman Emperor
CaravaggioCaravaggio
29 September 1571
Painter

Joel McHaleJoel McHale
20 November 1971
Comedian, Actor
Jessie James DeckerJessie James Decker
12 April 1988
Singer

Pope Alexander VIPope Alexander VI
01 January 1431
Religious Leader

PompeyPompey
29 September 0106
Military Leader

Silvio BerlusconiSilvio Berlusconi
29 September 1936
Former Prime Minister of Italy

Danny HustonDanny Huston
14 May 1962
Actor
Allegra VersaceAllegra Versace
30 June 1986
Socialite, Model

Mario AndrettiMario Andretti
28 February 1940
 

Carlo GambinoCarlo Gambino
24 August 1902
Criminal

John CabotJohn Cabot
1450 AD
Explorer
Matteo BocelliMatteo Bocelli
08 October 1997
Andrea Bocelli’s Son

Ennio MorriconeEnnio Morricone
10 November 1928
Composer
Albert AnastasiaAlbert Anastasia
26 September 1902
Criminal

Andrea PirloAndrea Pirlo
19 May 1979
Italian footballer

Lindsay HartleyLindsay Hartley
17 April 1978
Actress
Pope John Paul IPope John Paul I
17 October 1912
Pope of Roman Catholic Church

Cesare BorgiaCesare Borgia
13 September 1475
Duke of Valentinois
Francesco TottiFrancesco Totti
27 September 1976
Italian Footballer

Claudio RanieriClaudio Ranieri
20 October 1951
Football Manager

Enrica CenzattiEnrica Cenzatti
1969 AD
Andrea Bocelli’s First Wife
Antonio GramsciAntonio Gramsci
22 January 1891
Politician, Philosopher

Guglielmo MarconiGuglielmo Marconi
25 April 1874
Inventor
Giuseppe GaribaldiGiuseppe Garibaldi
04 July 1807
Italian Nationalist

Carol Ann SusiCarol Ann Susi
02 February 1952
Actress

Roberto BaggioRoberto Baggio
18 February 1967
Football Player

Giorgio ArmaniGiorgio Armani
11 July 1934
 
Sandro BotticelliSandro Botticelli
1445 AD
Painter
Giacomo CasanovaGiacomo Casanova
02 April 1725
Womanizer

Ludovico EinaudiLudovico Einaudi
23 November 1955
Pianist, Composer

Maria MontessoriMaria Montessori
31 August 1870
Physician and Educator

Lucrezia BorgiaLucrezia Borgia
18 April 1480
Lady of Pesaro and Gradara , Duchess of Bisceglie
Pope Pius XIIPope Pius XII
02 March 1876
Pope of Roman Catholic Church

Giorgio MoroderGiorgio Moroder
26 April 1940
Singer

John FranzeseJohn Franzese
06 February 1917
Crime Boss

Umberto EcoUmberto Eco
05 January 1932
Italian Semiotician, Philosopher

JosephusJosephus
0037 AD
Historian, Scholar
Giuseppe VerdiGiuseppe Verdi
10 October 1813
Composer

Franco NeroFranco Nero
23 November 1941
Actor
Enrico FermiEnrico Fermi
29 September 1901
Nobel Laureate in Physics

Federico FelliniFederico Fellini
20 January 1920
Film Director and Scriptwriter

Greta ScacchiGreta Scacchi
18 February 1960
Actress
OvidOvid
20 March 0043
Poet

Marco GaribaldiMarco Garibaldi
1955 AD
Entrepreneur, Producer
Carla BruniCarla Bruni
23 December 1967
French-Italian singer-songwriter

DonatelloDonatello
1386 AD
Sculptor

Scipio AfricanusScipio Africanus
0236 BC
Roman General

Giordano BrunoGiordano Bruno
1548 AD
Philosopher
Bud SpencerBud Spencer
31 October 1929
Actor

Santo VersaceSanto Versace
16 December 1944
Businessman
PetrarchPetrarch
20 July 1304
Poet & Philosopher

Pope Paul VIPope Paul VI
26 September 1897
Pope
Joseph BonannoJoseph Bonanno
18 January 1905
Gangster

Pope John XXIIIPope John XXIII
25 November 1881
Pope
Francesca GregoriniFrancesca Gregorini
07 August 1968
Film Director

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.