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Famous Italians

People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.

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  • Lamborghini automobile designer
  • Mario Lanza opera singer
  • Giacomo Leopardi poet
  • Primo Levi writer
  • Rita Levi-Montalcini neurologist, nobel laureate
  • Marcello Lippi football player, manager
  • Gina Lollobrigida actress
  • Sophia Loren actress
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  • Niccolo Machiavelli philosopher
  • Anna Magnani actress
  • Alessandro Manzoni author
  • Rocky Marciano boxer (born in USA)
  • Guglielmo Marconi inventor radiotelegraph (radio)
  • Marcello Mastroianni actor
  • Marco Materazzi footballer
  • Mina Anna Mazzini singer
  • Medici family political dynasty, bankers, royal house
  • Mariangela Melato actress
  • Mario Merola singer
  • Antonio Meucci inventor
  • Amedeo Modigliani artist, sculptor
  • Franco Modigliani economist
  • Domenico Modugno singer, songwriter
  • Domenico Montagnana violin and cello maker
  • Maria Montessori physician, teacher, creator of montessori method
  • Luca Cordero di Montezelomo president ferrari; chairman fiat
  • Gianni Luigi Morandi singer, songwriter
  • Alberto Moravia writer
  • Ennio Moricone composer
  • Benito Mussolini italian dictator
N - P
  • Giorgio Napolitano president of italy
  • Franco Nero actor
  • Florence Nightingale nurse
  • Piergiorgio Odifreddi mathematician, logician, essayist
  • Al Pacino actor, director
  • Niccolo Paganini composer, musician
  • Pier Paolo Pasolini poet, film director, playwright
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina composer
  • Giovanni Pascoli poet
  • Laura Pausini singer
  • Luciano Pavarotti opera singer
  • Francisco Petrarch poet
  • Renzo Piano architect
  • Niccolo Piccinni opera composer
  • Padre Pio saint
  • Luigi Pirandello author
  • Marco Polo explorer
  • Romano Prodi prime minister
  • Giacomo Puccini composer

Q - S

  • Marcus Fabius Quintilianus rhetorician
  • Eros Ramazotti singer
  • Massimo Ranieri singer
  • Raphael artist
  • Romulus and Remus mythical twin founders of Rome
  • Antonio Rosmini priest, philosopher, theologian
  • Massimiliano Rosolino swimmer, olympic medalist
  • Isabella Rossellini model, actress
  • Roberto Rossellini film director
  • Sergio Rossi shoe designer
  • Valentino Rossi motorcycle world champion
  • Gioachino Rossini composer
  • Carlo Rubbia particle physicist, inventor, nobel laureate
  • Alberto Sordi actor
  • Antonio Stradivari luthier (stringed instrument crafter)
T - Z
  • Renata Tebaldi soprano
  • Alberto Tomba alpine skier
  • Giuseppe Tornatore film director
  • Toto actor, songwriter
  • Francesco Totti footballer
  • Massimo Troisi actor
  • Lisa Trovatai ice skater
  • Rudolfo Valentino actor
  • Ornella Vanoni singer
  • Lino Ventura actor
  • Giuseppe Verdi composer, opera composer
  • Umberto Veronesi researcher, physician, theorist
  • Gianni Versace fashion designer
  • Amerigo Vespucci explorer
  • Claudio Villa tenor
  • Luchino Visconti cinema director, screenwriter
  • Alessandro Volta physicist, developed electric battery
  • Gianfranco Zola footballer
  • Lina Wertmuller film writer, director
  • Franco Zeffirelli film director, producer
  • Renato Zero singer, songwriter
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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.