Francesca Piccinini is a female volleyball player who has represented Italy four times at the Summer Olympics. She was a member of the Women's National Team that won the gold medal at the 2002 World Championship in Germany. She made her debut for Italy on 1995-06-10 against the United States. She was inspired to become a professional volleyball player by the classic anime Attack No. 1 which in Italy was shown on TV in the 1980s under the title 'Mimi e la nazionale della pallavolo'. In 2004 she appeared naked in a calendar published by the Italian magazine Men's Health. Playing professionally with the Italian club Volley Bergamo, she won the Most Valuable Player" award when her team won the 2009–10 CEV Indesit Champions League title.