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Mario Balotelli
(Italian Football Player Who Plays as a Striker)
Mario Balotelli
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
The talented but crazy Italian striker Mario Balotelli is one of the most intriguing and exciting footballers around. Love him or hate him, TIME Magazine in 2013 called him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
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Luca Guadagnino
(Director & Producer Best Known for His Film 'Call Me by Your Name')
Luca Guadagnino
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Birthdate: April 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries

Luca Guadagnino is an Italian filmmaker best known for producing and directing the 2017 coming-of-age film Call Me by Your Name, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. Also known for his contribution to the fashion industry, Guadagnino is credited with creating Frenesy, a production company that produces fashion films.

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Giovanni Falcone
(Magistrate, Judge, Lawyer)
Giovanni Falcone
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: May 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: May 23, 1992

Giovanni Falcone was an Italian judge, who spent several years of his professional life trying to overthrow the power of the Sicilian Mafia. He studied law at the University of Palermo and had a brilliant career. He eventually became a prosecuting magistrate and was involved in a long legal battle with the Sicilian Mafia. He was assassinated in 1992. 

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Paolo Borsellino
(Judge)
Paolo Borsellino
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: January 19, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: July 19, 1992

Italian judge Paolo Borsellino is remembered for his lifelong struggle against the Sicilian Mafia. He, along with Giovanni Falcone, succeeded in convicting over 300 criminals during the Maxi Trial in 1986 and 1987. He was later killed in a car bomb attack that also killed five police officers.

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Salvatore Schillaci
(Italian Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Striker)
Salvatore Schillaci
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 1, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Alessandro Cagliostro
(Adventurer)
Alessandro Cagliostro
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 2, 1743
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: August 26, 1795
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Dajana Roncione
(Actress)
Dajana Roncione
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Birthdate: April 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Marco Cecchinato
(Italian Professional Tennis Player)
Marco Cecchinato
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 30, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Sergio Mattarella
(President of Italy Since 2015)
Sergio Mattarella
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 23, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo

Sergio Mattarella is an Italian politician, academic, jurist, and lawyer. He is the current president of the Italian Republic. Before becoming the president of Italy, Mattarella served as the Minister for Parliamentary Relations. He also served as the Minister of Public Education and as the Italian Minister of Defence.

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Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
(Italian Writer and the Last Prince of Lampedusa)
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 23, 1896
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: July 23, 1957

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa was an Italian writer best remembered as the last Prince of Lampedusa. Tomasi is quite popular for his novel The Leopard which was published posthumously in 1958. His life and career inspired a docufilm titled Die Geburt des Leoparden which was directed by Luigi Falorni and screened at the 14th Rome Film Festival.

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Ferdinand Philippe, Duke of Orléans
(Duke)
Ferdinand Philippe, Duke of Orléans
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Birthdate: September 3, 1810
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: July 13, 1842
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Stanislao Cannizzaro
(Italian Chemist)
Stanislao Cannizzaro
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 13, 1826
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: May 10, 1910
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Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies
(King)
Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies
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Birthdate: January 12, 1810
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: May 22, 1859
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Natalia Ginzburg
(Auhtor Known for His Works 'Family Sayings' and 'The Advertisement')
Natalia Ginzburg
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 14, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: October 7, 1991

Natalia Ginzburg was an Italian author who dealt with sensitive subjects like politics and family relationships during the Second World War. Ginzburg's works were often translated into English for readers in the USA and the UK. Over the course of her illustrious career, Natalia Ginzburg won several prestigious awards, such as the Bagutta Prize and Strega Prize.

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Alessandro Scarlatti
(Former Baroque composer, known especially for his operas and chamber cantatas)
Alessandro Scarlatti
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 2, 1660
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: October 22, 1725
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Saint Rosalia
(Saint)
Saint Rosalia
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1130 AD
Died: 1166 AD
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Massimo Taibi
(Association football player)
Massimo Taibi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Nick Stellino
(American-Italian chef)
Nick Stellino
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Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: May 1, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies
(Queen consort of Spain)
Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies
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Birthdate: April 27, 1806
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: August 22, 1878

The queen of Spain and the wife of Spanish king Ferdinand VII, Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies also served as a regent to her daughter, Isabella, after Ferdinand’s death. She had previously made Ferdinand change the law of succession to let Isabella become the ruler instead of Ferdinand’s brother, Don Carlos.

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Vittorio Emanuele Orlando
(Former Prime Minister of Italy (1917 - 1919))
Vittorio Emanuele Orlando
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 19, 1860
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: December 1, 1952

Prime Minister of Italy from 1917 to 1919, Vittorio Emanuele Orlando resigned from his position when he failed to secure concession at the Versailles Peace Conference. However, he remained active in politics, initially supporting the new Fascist Party of Benito Mussolini. Later he opposed fascism, remaining in retirement until the end of WWII and was nominated Senator for Life shortly thereafter.

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Matteo Mancuso
(Guitarist)
Matteo Mancuso
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 22, 1996
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Silvio Micali
(Computer scientist, University teacher)
Silvio Micali
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
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Constance, Queen of Sicily
(Queen of Sicily)
Constance, Queen of Sicily
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Birthdate: November 2, 1154
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: November 27, 1198

Constance, the queen of Sicily, avoided marriage till age 30 due to a prophecy. She later became the Holy Roman Empress, through her marriage to emperor Henry V, and gave birth to her only child, Frederick, at 40. Following Henry’s death, she successfully got her son crowned as the Holy Roman Emperor.

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Gaetano Mosca
(Former Member of Italian Chamber of Deputies for Palermo (1909 - 1919))
Gaetano Mosca
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Birthdate: April 1, 1858
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: November 8, 1941

Gaetano Mosca was an Italian journalist, political scientist, and public servant. He developed the elite theory and is credited with co-founding the Italian school of elitism along with Robert Michels and Vilfredo Pareto. As a political journalist, Gaetano Mosca contributed immensely to popular Italian publications like the Corriere della Sera and the Tribuna.

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Pope Sergius I
(Bishop of Rome from 15 December 687)
Pope Sergius I
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0650 AD
Died: September 8, 0701
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Lando Buzzanca
(Actor)
Lando Buzzanca
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Birthdate: August 24, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Francesca Morvillo
(Magistrate)
Francesca Morvillo
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: December 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: May 23, 1992

Francesca Morvillo was an Italian magistrate. In 1992, Morvillo became the first and only woman magistrate to be assassinated in Italy; she was killed alongside her husband Giovanni Falcone by the Sicilian Mafia. Her funeral was aired live on national television and a day of mourning was declared by the Parliament.

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Corrado Gaipa
(Actor)
Corrado Gaipa
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Birthdate: March 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: September 21, 1989
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Emmanuel Gyasi
(Italian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Forward)
Emmanuel Gyasi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 11, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Giusy Ferreri
(Singer)
Giusy Ferreri
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 17, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
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Letizia Battaglia
(Photographer)
Letizia Battaglia
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: March 5, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces

Letizia Battaglia is an Italian photojournalist and photographer whose photos depict a wide range of Sicilian life. Battaglia is renowned for her influential work on the Sicilian Mafia. Her life and career inspired a 2019 documentary titled Shooting the Mafia. Over the course of her career, Letizia Battaglia has been honored with several awards like Dr. Erich Salomon Award.

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Eleonora Abbagnato
(Ballet Dancer)
Eleonora Abbagnato
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Birthdate: June 30, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Francesco Scianna
(Actor)
Francesco Scianna
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Birthdate: March 25, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Franco Franchi
(Actor)
Franco Franchi
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Birthdate: September 19, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: December 9, 1992
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Miriam Sylla
(Italian Volleyball Player)
Miriam Sylla
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 8, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Vincenzo Amato
(Actor)
Vincenzo Amato
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Birthdate: March 30, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries

Vincenzo Amato was the son of stage director and musician Emma Muzzi Loffredo. He has appeared in major roles in films such as Once We Were Strangers and Respiro. He is also a skilled painter and a talented iron sculptor. He is a polyglot and now stays in New York.

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Filippa Giordano
(Singer)
Filippa Giordano
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 14, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Teresa Mannino
(Comedian, Actress)
Teresa Mannino
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Birthdate: November 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Pif
(Director and Actor known for The Mafia Kills Only in Summer (2013))
Pif
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Birthdate: June 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Antonio Starabba, Marchese di Rudinì
(Statesman)
Antonio Starabba, Marchese di Rudinì
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 16, 1839
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: August 6, 1908
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Francesco Bruni
(Italian Professional Sailor)
Francesco Bruni
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 11, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
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Pope Agatho
(Bishop)
Pope Agatho
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0577 AD
Died: January 10, 0681
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Giuseppe Chiara
(Missionary)
Giuseppe Chiara
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1602 AD
Died: August 24, 1685
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Giacomo Serpotta
(Italian Sculptor)
Giacomo Serpotta
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Birthdate: March 10, 1656
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: February 27, 1732

Giacomo Serpotta was an Italian sculptor who mainly worked in stucco. Historians believe that he was self-trained and had no direct exposure to the mainstream of Italian Baroque. He often collaborated with others, and his first major solo work is believed to be an equestrian statue cast of Charles II of Spain and Sicily. 

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Roberta Tirrito
(Italian Model)
Roberta Tirrito
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: August 7, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Phil Caliva
(American Racing Driver)
Phil Caliva
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Sofi Scalia
(YouTube Star)
Sofi Scalia
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Listed In: YouTubers
Birthdate: May 14, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus