50 Famous Italians

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Actual inventor of the telephone - not Alexander Graham Bell.1808-1889
WWII Fascist dictator who made the trains run on time.1883-1945
Inventor of the radio, winner of the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics, and later in life, a staunch Fascist.1874-1937
Three-time, center-right, gaffe-prone, scandal-ridden billionaire media mogul Prime Minister.1936-
Model turned singer turned first lady of France.1967-
The Roman Inquisition said he was vehemently suspect of heresy. Stephen Hawking said he was responsible for the birth of modern science.1564-1642
Accidentally discovered the Bahamas on his way to the East Indies and referred to the islands' natives as Indios.1451-1506
Venetian navigator who carried out the first voyage to North America since Leif Ericson's 1003 landing in Newfoundland.1450-1498
Explorer who voyaged through Asia. He has an airport, a species of sheep, and a pool game named after him.1254-1324
Explored the Atlantic coast of North America from South Carolina to Newfoundland.1485-1528
He was the first to realize that the New World was not Asia. Thus, the continents derive their name from the feminized Latin version of his first name.1454-1512
WWI Prime Minister who went to Versailles with one territorial demand for Italy: the town of Fiume. He didn't get it.1860-1952
Socialist Prime Minister called Europe's strong man by The Economist. He also became a symbol of political corruption.1934-2000
Prime Minister who was kidnapped and executed by Marxist terrorists during the Years of Lead. 1916-1978
Revolutionary and Italian national hero who also fought in the Uruguayan Civil War.1807-1882
International sex symbol who became the first actress to win an Academy Award for a non-English-speaking performance.1934-
One of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th century; known for a distinct style that blends fantasy and baroque images. 1920-1993
Model and actress who has performed film roles in Italian, French, English, Spanish, and Aramaic.1964-
Archetypal Renaissance Man who conceptualized a helicopter, a tank, concentrated solar power, a calculator, and the double hull.1452-1519
First of ruler of the political dynasty that ruled Florence for centuries.1389-1464
Former Democratic Party opposition leader billed as Italy's Obama in the 2008 general elections; he lost to Berlusconi's People of Freedom.1955-
Shrewd politician who was the de facto ruler of France under her three weak sons: Francis II, Charles IX, and Henry III.1519-1589
Rival of Leonardo Da Vinci known for such works as La Pieta, David, The Last Judgement, and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.1475-1564
Painter of the Florentine school in the early Renaissance who created The Birth of Venus.1445-1510
Scholar and poet known as the Father of Humanism.1304-1374
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Businessman who is the current CEO of Fiat S.p.A and Chrysler Group LLC.1952-
One of the earliest Renaissance painters; credited with breaking away from medieval Byzantine and Gothic styles.1267-1337
Artist of the High Renaissance known most for his painting The School of Athens.1483-1520
Florentine homosexual and artist known for his work in basso rilievo, a form of shallow relief sculpture.1386-1466
Nobel laureate in physics who worked on the Manhattan Project and has a synthetic element named after him.1901-1954
World famous fashion model who appeared on the covers of hundreds of romance novels in the 1980s and 1990s.1959-
Writer of the Divine Comedy who is known as the Father of the Italian language.1265-1321
Famous fashion designer particularly known for his menswear.1934-
Friend, student, and correspondent of Petrarch, and writer of the Decameron.1313-1375
Formerly a prominent member of the Communist Party, he is the current president of Italy under the Democratic Party.1925-
Composer, violinist, and priest who created the popular baroque piece The Four Seasons.1678-1741
Billionaire confectioner whose chocolate company was named most reputable company in the world by Forbes.1925-
Florentine despot whose death marked the end of the Golden Age of Florence.1449-1492
Film director, producer and screenwriter most associated with the Spaghetti Western genre.1929-1989
Author of The Prince who opined that it was more effective for a ruler to be feared than loved.1469-1527
Author of The Book of the Courtier which adressed what constituted a perfect courtier and a perfect lady.1478-1529
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Actor, comedian, writer, and director who won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1998.1952-
Spanish-Italian general, statesman, lord and cardinal who was the son of Pope Alexander VI.1475-1507
Fashion designer; a feature-length documentary on him premiered at the 2008 Venice International Film Festival.1932-
Physicist who developed the first electric cell in 1800; the unit of electrical potential is named after him.1745-1827
Linguist, mathematician, and philosopher once called the first important woman mathematician since Hypatia.1718-1799
Prime Minister installed by the king after the ousting of Mussolini; he signed an armistice with the Allies and declared war on Germany.1871-1956
Prime Minister with Mafia ties who was the inspiration for the main antagonist in The Godfather Part III.1919-
Renaissance architect who built 'Il Duomo', the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence.1377-1446

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