Italians have had their fair share of famous people and today we want to celebrate them. Cause we can talk about food and travel all we want, we can talk about finding you an apartment in the whole of Italy, but we have to also remember that famous Italians helped shape our collective consciousness as a society.

I mean you can’t go on thinking about a variety of famous Italians in different fields, like art, music, cinema, sport, journalism, science and many more.

So, let’s go on and celebrate the famous Italian people that made this country even more famous in the whole world ( discover more on how to be italian)

Sophia Loren

THE KEY, Sophia Loren, 1958

If you think about the 60s in Italy, actually the 60s in the world, you can’t forget about the one and only Sophia Loren. I mean she’s one of the most recognizable faces in Cinema, and she put Italy back on the map with her amazing acting skills.

Marcello Mastroianni

Another of those famous Italian actors is Marcello Mastroianni. Federico Fellini’s number one actor, the man that pops up in anyone’s mind when they think about the real Italian man

Lucrezia Borgia

What about the famous Italians in history? Well with the resurgence of the Borgia family in video games and tv series, why not remember the heiress of the Borgia family Lucrezia.

Leonardo da Vinci

Do I really need to sit here and talk about Leonardo some more? I mean we have at least half a year worth of content on Leo. How many times do I have to say that he’s the most famous Italian artist ever!!!!!

Donatella Versace

Let’s talk about modern famous Italian artists. Some many disagree, but fashion is an art form, and one of the last designers still going strong is no other than Donatella Versace, the Italian personification of Fashion.

Michelangelo

Now if you’re thinking about coming to Italy and you have no idea who famous Italian painters you probably should stay home. No JKJK you come over and find out while you’re here, I mean Michelangelo is defo on top of the list.

Rita Levi-Montalcini

Probably not that renowned by everyone, but this Italian famous person has been one of the last great scientists the country produced. Rita Levi-Montalcini won the Nobel in Medicine in 1986 for her discoveries of cellular growth factors.

Massimo Bottura

Massimo Bottura is no doubt one of today’s famous Italian chefs I mean we’re talking about the most famous internationally. He owns the Osteria Francescana in Modena, he helped bring back the production of Parmesan in Emilia-Romagna a collapse of local production, and all around is an innovator behind a stove.

Asia Argento

Daughter of Italian Horror Director Dario Argento, Asia Argento is no less on the list of famous Italians in Hollywood. A great talent that should be out there more and more.

Fabio Cannavaro

I know there are a gazillion famous Italian soccer players, Totti, Del Piero, Gattuso, Pirlo, Balotelli, Insigne, Chiellini, De Rossi. But I wanted to put in Cannavaro because he’s one of my personal favorites so yeah, that’s my pick in the soccer famous Italian celebrities.