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Marco Polo
(Italian Explorer, Venetian Merchant and Adventurer Who Traveled from Europe to Asia Between 1271 and 1295)
Marco Polo
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1254 AD
Died: January 8, 1324

Marco Polo was a Venetian explorer, writer, and merchant. He explored Asia along the Silk Road and is credited with providing the Europeans with descriptions of the culture of the Eastern world, which remained unknown until his exploration. Polo's travel book inspired other travelers like Christopher Columbus. His writings also influenced European cartography, which led to the Fra Mauro map.

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Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
(Baroque Composer & Virtuoso Violinist Known for His Violin Concertos 'The Four Seasons')
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 4, 1678
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: July 28, 1741

Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, and teacher, Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, is regarded as one of the greatest Baroque composers. He was extremely popular during his lifetime and composed many instrumental concertos and operas. He was also a Roman Catholic priest and worked at a home for abandoned children. Even though he died in 1741, his music continues to be popular.

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Giacomo Casanova
(Italian Adventurer and Author)
Giacomo Casanova
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 2, 1725
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: June 4, 1798
Italian adventurer Giacomo Casanova is best remembered for his memoir, Histoire de ma vie, which serves as a mirror of 18th-century European lifestyle. His countless affairs made him synonymous with the word "womanizer." He also befriended the European royalty and church authorities, and was quite fond of gambling.
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Tintoretto
(One of the Most Important Artists of the Late Renaissance)
Tintoretto
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Birthdate: 1518 AD
Died: May 31, 1594

Tintoretto, also known as Il Furioso, was a significant painter of the Venetian school and is remembered for his phenomenal speed of painting, his long strokes, and his depiction of humans in motion. His most notable works, such as Susanna in the Bath, embody Renaissance mannerism.

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Terence Hill
(Actor Known for His Roles in ‘Lo Chiamavano Trinità’ & ‘IL Mio Nome è Nessuno')
Terence Hill
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Birthdate: March 29, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries

Terence Hill escaped Allied bombings during World War II and was then discovered at a swimming meet, following which he bagged his first film at 12. A well-known child actor, he grew up to work in a lot of "Spaghetti Westerns" and also became famous for his action-comedy partnership with Bud Spencer.

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Veronica Franco
(16th Century Italian Poet and Courtesan)
Veronica Franco
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 25, 1546
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: July 22, 1591

A significant Venetian figure, Veronica Franco wasn’t an ordinary courtesan but was educated and a talented poet, too. She defended herself successfully against charges of witchcraft. Born to a courtesan, she was married to a doctor briefly and later became a sex worker to sustain herself and her children.

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Canaletto
(Italian Topographical Painter, Landscape Artist and Printmaker Known for Using the Etching Technique)
Canaletto
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Birthdate: October 18, 1697
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: April 19, 1768

Canaletto was an Italian painter who achieved popularity in England as his works were largely appreciated by King George III. Regarded as one of the most prominent representatives of the 18th-century Venetian school, Canaletto was also renowned for his skills as a printmaker.

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Enrico Dandolo
(Doge of Venice 1192 – 1205)
Enrico Dandolo
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1107 AD
Died: April 30, 1205
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Giovanni Bellini
(Italian Renaissance Painter)
Giovanni Bellini
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Birthdate: 1430 AD
Died: 1516 AD

Giovanni Bellini was an Italian painter who hailed from the famous Bellini family of painters. Giovanni is credited with revolutionizing Venetian painting, shifting it towards a more coloristic and sensuous style. Best remembered for creating paintings with detailed shadings and rich tints, Giovanni's work had a strong influence on the Venetian painting school.

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Christine de Pizan
(Italian Poet and Court Writer for King Charles VI of France)
Christine de Pizan
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1364 AD
Died: 1430 AD
Christine de Pizan took up writing at 25, primarily to support her three children following her husband’s death. Starting with ballads, she later narrated the heroics of women in masterpieces such as The Book of the City of Ladies. She was also a court poet of French king Charles VI.
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Beatrice Vio
(Italian Wheelchair Fencer and Paralympic Gold Medalist)
Beatrice Vio
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 4, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
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Carlo Goldoni
(Italian Librettist and Playwright Credited with Producing Some of Italy's Best-Loved and Most Famous Plays)
Carlo Goldoni
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 25, 1707
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: February 6, 1793

Carlo Goldoni was an Italian librettist and playwright from the Republic of Venice. He is credited with producing some of Italy's best-loved and most famous plays. His plays are often admired for their ingenious mix of honesty and wit. One of his most famous works, Servant of Two Masters, has been translated into many languages.

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Tomaso Albinoni
(Composer)
Tomaso Albinoni
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 8, 1671
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: January 17, 1751
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Giovanni Battista Piranesi
(Italian Classical Archaeologist, Architect, and Artist)
Giovanni Battista Piranesi
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Birthdate: October 4, 1720
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: November 9, 1778

Italian architect, artist, and archaeologist Giovanni Battista Piranesi is best known for his 16-print series name The Prisons. His remarkable etchings of the famous landmarks of Rome exhibited his unique etching technique, which involved contrasts of light and shade. He made about 2,000 plates throughout his life.

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Giovanni Gabrieli
(Italian Composer, Organist and One of the Most Influential Musicians of His Time)
Giovanni Gabrieli
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 1557 AD
Died: 1612 AD

Giovanni Gabrieli was an Italian organist and composer. One of the most popular musicians of his generation, Gabrieli's works were popularized throughout Europe by his association with the prestigious Scuola Grande di San Rocco, where he was appointed as an organist.

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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
(Painter, Printmaker)
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
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Birthdate: March 5, 1696
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: March 27, 1770

Eighteenth-century Italian painter Giovanni Battista Tiepolo was a significant figure of the Rococo movement. Son of a shipping merchant, Tiepolo gained fame with his iconic creations such as The Sacrifice of Isaac. He was determined he wouldn’t leave Venice and often sent his paintings abroad instead of traveling to paint.

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Mantovani
(Musician)
Mantovani
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 15, 1905
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: March 29, 1980
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Dominic DeNucci
(Italian-American Professional Wrestler and Trainer)
Dominic DeNucci
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 23, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Barbara Strozzi
(Composer and singer of the Baroque Period)
Barbara Strozzi
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 6, 1619
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: November 11, 1677
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Francesco Hayez
(Painter)
Francesco Hayez
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Birthdate: February 10, 1791
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: February 12, 1882
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Elena Cornaro Piscopia
(Philosopher)
Elena Cornaro Piscopia
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Birthdate: June 5, 1646
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: July 26, 1684
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Vittore Carpaccio
(Former painter best known for a cycle of nine paintings, The Legend of Saint Ursula)
Vittore Carpaccio
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Birthdate: 1465 AD
Died: 1525 AD
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Debora Caprioglio
(Actress)
Debora Caprioglio
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Birthdate: May 3, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Margherita Sarfatti
(Journalist)
Margherita Sarfatti
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Birthdate: April 8, 1880
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: October 30, 1961

Margherita Sarfatti was an Italian journalist, socialite, art critic, and collector. A patron of several Italian painters, Sarfatti played a major role in the cultural shaping of the art movements in Italy. An important member of the National Fascist Party, Margherita Sarfatti was one of Benito Mussolini's mistresses as well as his biographer.

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Mara Venier
(Actress)
Mara Venier
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Birthdate: October 20, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Luigi Nono
(Composer)
Luigi Nono
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 29, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: May 8, 1990
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Catherine Cornaro
(Queen of Cyprus)
Catherine Cornaro
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Birthdate: November 25, 1454
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: July 10, 1510

Venetian noblewoman Caterina Cornaro ruled as the queen of Cyprus through her marriage to King James II of Cyprus. Their marriage was chiefly a political one, improving ties between Cyprus and Venice. Following James’s death, she was forced to abdicate and given the town of Asolo.

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Gentile Bellini
(Italian Painter and One of the Founders of the Orientalist Tradition in Western Painting)
Gentile Bellini
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Birthdate: 1429 AD
Died: February 23, 1507

Gentile Bellini was an Italian painter affiliated with the school of Venice. He hailed from Venice's leading family of painters and was the official portrait artist for the Doges of Venice. He worked for the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II in Constantinople for several months. He was a co-founder of the Orientalist tradition in Western painting.  

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Sebastiano del Piombo
(Painter)
Sebastiano del Piombo
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Birthdate: 1485 AD
Died: June 21, 1547
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Elissa Landi
(Actress)
Elissa Landi
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 6, 1904
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: October 21, 1948
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Sebastian Cabot
(Former Explorer)
Sebastian Cabot
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1474 AD
Died: 1557 AD
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Carlo Crivelli
(Painter)
Carlo Crivelli
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Birthdate: 1430 AD
Died: 1495 AD
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Carlo Scarpa
(Italian Architect and Designer)
Carlo Scarpa
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 2, 1906
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: November 28, 1978
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Giovanni Bragolin
(Painter)
Giovanni Bragolin
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Birthdate: November 9, 1911
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: September 22, 1981
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Lorenzo Lotto
(Painter)
Lorenzo Lotto
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Birthdate: 1480 AD
Died: 1557 AD
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Pietro Bembo
(Italian Scholar, Poet and Literary Theorist)
Pietro Bembo
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 20, 1470
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: January 18, 1547

Pietro Bembo was an Italian scholar, poet, and literary theorist. He was also a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and a member of the Knights Hospitaller, a Catholic military order. He played a key role in the development of the Tuscan dialect as a literary language. As a priest, he promoted the Christian perfection of Renaissance humanism. 

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Felice Beato
(Photographer)
Felice Beato
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Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: 1832 AD
Died: January 29, 1909

Felice Beato was an Italian-British photographer whose work focused on capturing events, people, and countries that were unfamiliar to most people in North America and Europe. Beato is credited with capturing important events like the Second Opium War and the Indian Rebellion of 1857. One of the earliest war photographers, Felice Beato influenced other photographers in places like Japan.

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Benedetto Marcello
(Former composer and writer, especially remembered for two works: the satirical pamphlet Il teatro alla moda (1720); and Estro poeticoarmonico (1724–26))
Benedetto Marcello
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 24, 1686
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: July 24, 1739
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Andrew III of Hungary
(King of Hungary and Croatia (1290 - 1301))
Andrew III of Hungary
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Birthdate: 1265 AD
Died: January 14, 1301

Born to the posthumous son of King Andrew II, Stephan, Andrew III was made the king of Hungary after the death of King Ladislaus IV. A wise and solemn ruler, he was the last king of the House of Árpád. His reign witnessed continuous anarchy, especially from the Kőszegis and the Csáks.

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Bernardo Bellotto
(Painter)
Bernardo Bellotto
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Birthdate: January 30, 1721
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: November 17, 1780
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Marina Gamba
(Writer)
Marina Gamba
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1570 AD
Died: August 21, 1612
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Malisa Longo
(Actress)
Malisa Longo
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Birthdate: July 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
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Ludovico Manin
(Politician)
Ludovico Manin
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 14, 1725
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: October 24, 1802
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Francesco Morosini
(Doge of Venice from 1688 to 1694)
Francesco Morosini
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 26, 1619
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: January 16, 1694

Francesco Morosini served as the Doge of Venice between 1688 and 1694, when the Great Turkish War was at its peak. He also played an important role in the Morean War, during which he captured the Morea, Lefkada, and Athens. Francesco Morosini was responsible for destroying the Parthenon and looting sculptures from Athens, including the Piraeus Lion. 

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Francesco Guardi
(Former Painter who is one of the outstanding Venetian landscape painters of the Rococo period)
Francesco Guardi
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Birthdate: October 5, 1712
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: January 1, 1793
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Alessandro Marcello
(Composer)
Alessandro Marcello
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 1, 1673
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: June 19, 1747
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Paolo Sarpi
(Italian Historian, Scholar, and State Theologian During Venice’s Struggle With 'Pope Paul V')
Paolo Sarpi
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Birthdate: August 14, 1552
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: January 15, 1623

Italian theologian and scientist Paolo Sarpi was also a lawyer. He lost his father early and was raised by his mother and uncle. His intellect and seriousness had earned him the nickname The Bride in his early days. He advocated for the separation of the Church and the state.

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Marino Faliero
(Doge of Venice)
Marino Faliero
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1274 AD
Died: April 17, 1355
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Antonio Caldara
(Composer)
Antonio Caldara
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 1670 AD
Died: December 28, 1736
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Niccolao Manucci
(Writer)
Niccolao Manucci
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 19, 1638
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: 1717 AD