50 Famous People from Italy

Can you name 50 famous people from Italy?
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Last updated: April 11, 2024
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Often called the father of modern political philosophy and political science
Niccolo Machiavelli
Played Malèna Scordia in the Italian-language romantic drama Malèna
Monica Bellucci
Fashion house founder in 1975 with its headquarters in Milan
Giorgio Armani
Burned at the stake by the Inquisition because of his cosmological theories
Giordano Bruno
The first European to reach the Americas
Christopher Columbus
Creator of the children's novel Adventures of Pinocchio
Carlo Collodi
The composer of operas Madame Butterfly and Turandot
Giacomo Puccini
Physicist and chemist who was credited as the inventor of the electric battery
Alessandro Volta
Composer known for a series of violin concertos The Four Seasons
Antonio Vivaldi
Footballer who played an entire career as a left back for AC Milan
Paolo Maldini
Often credited of the founding of Renaissance humanism
Francesco Petrarch
Opera tenor who became completely blind at age 12
Andrea Bocelli
Composer in most of Sergio Leone's and Giuseppe Tornatore's films
Ennio Morricone
Most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time
Niccolo Paganini
General who played a critical role during the rise of the Roman Empire
Julius Caesar
FIFA World Player of the Year in 1993
Roberto Baggio
Artist commissioned on the artworks in the Sistine Chapel
Sandro Botticelli
Author of Equestrian Monument of Gattamelata
Multiple MotoGP World Champion
Valentino Rossi
Centre-back who spent his entire 20-year career with AC Milan
Franco Baresi
Author of The Decameron
Giovanni Boccaccio
De facto ruler of the Florentine Republic during Renaissance
Lorenzo de' Medici
Fashion designer who was shot and killed in Miami
Gianni Versace
Astronomer who improved the telescope and studied the Milky Way
Galileo Galilei
Explorer from whose name the term 'America' is derived
Amerigo Vespucci
Author of painting Mona Lisa
Leonardo da Vinci
Creator of the Spaghetti Western genre
Sergio Leone
Director and star in the holocaust comedy-drama film Life Is Beautiful
Roberto Benigni
One of the most acclaimed and loved tenors of all times
Luciano Pavarotti
Widely regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time
Gianluigi Buffon
Leading Italian painter of the late 16th and early 17th centuries
FIFA's Best Referee of the Year six consecutive times
Pierluigi Collina
Composer of The Barber of Seville
Gioacino Rossini
Designer of the dome of the Florence Cathedral
Filippo Brunelleschi
Named as the 21st greatest female star of Classic Hollywood Cinema
Sofia Loren
Painter of Sistine Madonna and Transfiguration
Sculptor of the famous David statue
Director of Last Tango in Paris and The Last Emperor
Bernardo Bertolucci
Founder of the Scuderia Grand Prix team
Enzo Ferrari
Composer of operas La Traviata, Rigoletto and Nabucco
Giuseppe Verdi
Singer who recorded a duet Cose Delle Vita with Tina Turner
Eros Ramazzotti
Actor known for action-comedy and Spaghetti Western roles
Bud Spencer
Author of novel The Name of the Rose
Umberto Eco
Italian-American chef, writer, and television personality
Giada de Laurentiis
Media tycoon and Prime Minister of Italy in four governments
Silvio Berlusconi
Politician and journalist who founded and led the National Fascist Party
Benito Mussolini
Designated as patron saint of Italy by Pope Gregory IX
Saint Francis of Assisi
Famous craftsman of string instruments
Antonio Stradivari
One of the first European travelers along the famous Silk Road
Marco Polo
'Father of the Italian Language' and the author of Divine Comedy
Dante Alighieri
Level 53
Mar 7, 2021
Machiavelli is misspelt.
Level 53
Mar 7, 2021
Thanks. Corrected.
Level 73
Apr 11, 2024
Mario Puzo had italian origins, but he was american

I never know that Botticelli was commissioned on the artworks in the Sistine Chapel!

Level 77
Apr 12, 2024
I was expecting to find (St) Thomas Aquinas on the list, one of the greatest theological minds of all time and also (St) Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan order.