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List of the most popular authors from Italy, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Italian authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Italian writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List authors range from Giorgio Bassani to Ulisse Aldrovandi.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Italy?" and "Who are the best Italian authors?"

For further information on these historic Italian authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Italian authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.
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Edoardo Sanguineti is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Natural Stories # 1 (Drama Series 16), Capriccio italiano, Estudios sobre Moravia

Birthplace: Genoa, Italy

Birthdate: 1930-12-09

Nationality: Italy

Edoardo Sanguineti was a Genoese poet, writer and academic; universally considered one of the major Italian authors of the second half of twentieth century.
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Pier Paolo Pasolini is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Ragazzi di vita, Alì dagli occhi azzurri, A violent life

Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, Italy, Southern Europe, Province of Bologna, + more

Birthdate: 1922

Nationality: Italy

Pier Paolo Pasolini (Italian: [ˌpjɛr ˈpaːolo pazoˈliːni]; 5 March 1922 – 2 November 1975) was an Italian film director, poet, writer, and intellectual, who also distinguished himself as an ...more

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#93 of 742 The Greatest Directors In Movie History #79 of 250 The Best Gay Authors #55 of 167 The Greatest Playwrights in History

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Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Requiem, La Forza del destino, La Donna è mobile--

Birthplace: Le Roncole, Busseto, Italy

Birthdate: 1813-10-10

Nationality: Italy

Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (Italian: [dʒuˈzɛppe ˈverdi]; 9 or 10 October 1813 – 27 January 1901) was an Italian opera composer. He was born near Busseto to a provincial family of ...more

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#99 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #164 of 526 Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song? #151 of 1,344 The Greatest Minds of All Time

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Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
4 Seasons, Six Flute Concertos, Op. 10

Birthplace: Venice, Scorzè, Italy

Birthdate: 1678-03-04

Nationality: Italy

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (UK: , US: , Italian: [anˈtɔːnjo ˈluːtʃo viˈvaldi] (listen); 4 March 1678 – 28 July 1741) was an Italian Baroque musical composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher, and priest. ...more

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#18 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #107 of 526 Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song? #304 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive

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Roberto Benigni is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Il mostro, Johnny Stecchino, Quando Benigni ruppe il video

Birthplace: Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy

Birthdate: 1952-10-27

Nationality: Italy

Roberto Remigio Benigni (Italian pronunciation: [roˈbɛrto beˈniɲɲi]; born 27 October 1952) is an Italian actor, comedian, screenwriter and director. Internationally, he is best known for ...more

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#595 of 1,030 The Best Actors in Film History #7 of 114 The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever #244 of 742 The Greatest Directors In Movie History

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Luigi Pirandello is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
The Late Mattia Pascal, One, No One and One Hundred Thousand

Birthplace: Agrigento, Italy

Birthdate: 1867-06-28

Nationality: Kingdom of Italy

Luigi Pirandello (Italian: [luˈiːdʒi piranˈdɛllo]; 28 June 1867 – 10 December 1936) was an Italian dramatist, novelist, poet, and short story writer whose greatest contributions were his plays. ...more
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Julius Evola is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Meditations on the Peaks, The Hermetic Tradition, Ride the Tiger

Birthplace: Lazio, Europe, Eurasia, Province of Rome, Rome, + more

Birthdate: 1898

Nationality: Italy

Baron Giulio Cesare Andrea Evola (; Italian: [ˈɛːvola]; 19 May 1898 – 11 June 1974), better known as Julius Evola, was an Italian philosopher, painter, mystic, occultist, and esotericist. He has ...more
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Giordano Bruno is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Los Heroicos Furores, Die Kabbala des Pegasus, Cause

Birthplace: Nola, Italy

Birthdate: 1548-01-01

Nationality: Italy

Giordano Bruno (, Italian: [dʒorˈdaːno ˈbruːno]; Latin: Iordanus Brunus Nolanus; born Filippo Bruno, (1548 – 17 February 1600) was an Italian Dominican friar, philosopher, mathematician, poet, ...more

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#123 of 1,344 The Greatest Minds of All Time #13 of 213 Famous Supernatural Writers #80 of 134 The Most Controversial Writers of All Time

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Federico Fellini is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
El Viaje de G. Mastorna, Trip to Tulum, Queridisimo Simenon

Birthplace: Rimini, Italy

Birthdate: 1920-01-20

Nationality: Italy

Federico Fellini, (Italian: [fedeˈriːko felˈliːni]; 20 January 1920 – 31 October 1993) was an Italian film director and screenwriter. Known for his distinct style that blends fantasy and baroque ...more

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The Best Movies Directed by Federico Fellini #385 of 1,344 The Greatest Minds of All Time #339 of 2,437 The Most Influential People of All Time

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Dante Alighieri is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Divine Comedy, Inferno, Paradiso

Birthplace: Florence, Italy

Birthdate: 1265-01-01

Nationality: Italy

Durante di Alighiero degli Alighieri (Italian: [duˈrante deʎʎ aliˈɡjɛːri]; Latin: Dantes), commonly known by his pen name Dante Alighieri or simply as Dante (, also US: , Italian: [ˈdante]; ...more

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Things Even A Lot Of History Buffs Don't Know About Dante Alighieri #62 of 1,173 The Best Writers of All Time #97 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive

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Frank Capra is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
The Name Above the Title: An Autobiography

Birthplace: Bisacquino, Italy

Birthdate: 1897-05-18

Nationality: Italy, United States of America

Frank Russell Capra (born Francesco Rosario Capra; May 18, 1897 – September 3, 1991) was an Italian-American film director, producer and writer who became the creative force behind some of the ...more

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#538 of 1,344 The Greatest Minds of All Time #440 of 2,437 The Most Influential People of All Time #7 of 742 The Greatest Directors In Movie History

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Umberto Saba is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Songbook, Couleur du temps, Immagini per Saba

Birthplace: Eurasia, Italy, Trieste, Province of Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Birthdate: 1883

Nationality: Italy

Umberto Saba (9 March 1883 – 26 August 1957) was an Italian poet and novelist, born Umberto Poli in the cosmopolitan Mediterranean port of Trieste when it was the fourth largest city of the ...more
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Umberto Eco is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
The Name of the Rose, Foucault's Pendulum, The Island of the Day Before

Birthplace: Alessandria, Italy

Birthdate: 1932-01-05

Nationality: Italy

Umberto Eco (5 January 1932 – 19 February 2016) was an Italian novelist, literary critic, philosopher, semiotician, and university professor. He is widely known for his 1980 novel Il nome della ...more

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The Best Umberto Eco Quotes #106 of 1,173 The Best Writers of All Time #369 of 1,344 The Greatest Minds of All Time

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Mario Salvadori is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Differential Equations in Engineering Problems, The Art of Construction: Projects and Principles for Beginning Engineers and Architects, Building: The Fight Against Gravity

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Birthdate: 1907-03-19

Nationality: Italy

Mario G. Salvadori was a structural engineer and professor of both civil engineering and architecture at Columbia University.
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Gioacchino Rossini is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Le comte Ory, L' assedio di Corinto, L' Italiana in Algeri

Birthplace: Pesaro, Italy

Birthdate: 1792-02-29

Nationality: Italy

Gioachino Antonio Rossini (29 February 1792 – 13 November 1868) was an Italian composer who gained fame for his 39 operas, although he also wrote many songs, some chamber music and piano pieces, ...more

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#116 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #371 of 526 Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song? #44 of 368 The Best Classical Composers

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Fabio Colonna is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
La Sambuca lincea

Birthplace: Naples, Italy

Birthdate: 1567-01-01

Nationality: Italy

Fabio Colonna was an Italian naturalist and botanist.
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Alberto Moravia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Two Women, La Cosa, La Romana

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Birthdate: 1907

Nationality: Kingdom of Italy, Italy

Alberto Moravia (US: moh-RAH-vee-ə, -⁠RAY-, Italian: [alˈbɛrto moˈraːvja]; born Alberto Pincherle [ˈpiŋkerle]; November 28, 1907 – September 26, 1990) was an Italian novelist and journalist. His ...more
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Aldo Busi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Un cuore di troppo, Vie standard d'un vendeur provisoire de collants, Manuale della perfetta gentildonna

Birthplace: Montichiari, Italy

Birthdate: 1948-02-25

Nationality: Italy

Aldo Busi (born 25 February 1948) is a contemporary Italian writer and translator, famous for his linguistic invention and for his polemic force as well as for some prestigious translations from ...more
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Sonia Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Freedom's Daughter, Rajiv, Rajiv's World

Birthplace: Lusiana, Italy

Birthdate: 1946-12-09

Nationality: Italy, India

Sonia Gandhi pronunciation (née Maino; born 9 December 1946) is an Indian politician. She is the president of the Indian National Congress, the secular and left-of-centre political party, ...more
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Ezra Pound is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
The Cantos, Social Credit. An Impact, A B C of economics

Birthplace: Hailey, Idaho

Birthdate: 1885-10-30

Nationality: Italy, United States of America

Ezra Weston Loomis Pound (30 October 1885 – 1 November 1972) was an expatriate American poet and critic, and a major figure in the early modernist poetry movement. His contribution to poetry ...more

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The Best Ezra Pound Quotes #215 of 1,173 The Best Writers of All Time #1,109 of 2,437 The Most Influential People of All Time

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Franco Modigliani is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Rethinking pension reform, The Collected Papers of Franco Modigliani, Vol. 4: Monetary Theory and Stabilization Policies

Birthplace: Lazio, Europe, Eurasia, Province of Rome, Rome, + more

Birthdate: 1918

Nationality: Italy, United States of America

Franco Modigliani (1918 - 2003) was an Italian-American economist and the recipient of the 1985 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics. He was a professor at University of Illinois at ...more
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Tomie dePaola is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
The Art Lesson, The Hunter and the Animals, The Unicorn and the Moon

Birthplace: Meriden, Connecticut

Birthdate: 1934-09-15

Nationality: United States of America

Thomas Anthony "Tomie" dePaola (born September 15, 1934) is an American writer and illustrator who has created more than 260 children's books such as Strega Nona. He received the ...more
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Raven Grimassi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Ways of the strega, Beltane, Wiccan magick

Birthdate: 1951

Nationality: Italy, United States of America

Gary Charles Erbe (April 12, 1951 – March 10, 2019), known as Raven Grimassi, was an American author of over 20 books, and a scholar of paganism with over 40 years of research and study in the ...more
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Sandro Penna is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Un pò di febbre, Il viaggiatore insonne, Confuso sogno

Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, Perugia, Italy, Umbria, + more

Birthdate: 1906

Nationality: Italy

Sandro Penna (June 12, 1906 – January 21, 1977) was an Italian poet.
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Italo Calvino is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
If on a winter's night a traveler, Invisible Cities, The Cloven Viscount

Birthplace: Hurricane belt, La Habana Province, Santiago de Las Vegas, Cuba

Birthdate: 1923

Nationality: Italy

Italo Calvino (, also US: , Italian: [ˈiːtalo kalˈviːno]; 15 October 1923 – 19 September 1985) was an Italian journalist and writer of short stories and novels. His best known works include the ...more