Writers Famous Authors from Italy

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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?"

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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 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 Pier Paolo Pasolini was an Italian film director, poet, writer and intellectual. Pasolini distinguished himself as a poet, journalist, philosopher, novelist, playwright, filmmaker, newspaper and ...more

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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-- Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was an Italian Romantic composer primarily known for his operas. He is considered, with Richard Wagner, the preëminent opera composer of the 19th century. ...more

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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 Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric. Born in Venice, he is recognized as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during ...more

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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 Roberto Remigio Benigni, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI is an Italian actor, comedian, screenwriter and director. He co-wrote, directed and acted in the 1997 film, Life Is Beautiful, which ...more

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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 Luigi Pirandello was an Italian dramatist, novelist, poet and short story writer. He was awarded the 1934 Nobel Prize in Literature for his "bold and brilliant renovation of the drama and ...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 Giulio Cesare Andrea Evola also known as Julius Evola, was an Italian philosopher, and esotericist. Evola regarded his perspectives and spiritual values as aristocratic, masculine, ...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 Giordano Bruno, born Filippo Bruno, was an Italian Dominican friar, philosopher, mathematician, poet, and astrologer. He is celebrated for his cosmological theories, which went even further than ...more

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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 Federico Fellini was an Italian film director and scriptwriter. Known for his distinct style that blends fantasy and baroque images with earthiness, he is considered one of the greatest and most ...more

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Dante Alighieri is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Divine Comedy, Inferno, Paradiso Durante degli Alighieri, simply called Dante, was a major Italian poet of the late Middle Ages. His Divine Comedy, originally called Comedìa and later called Divina by Boccaccio, is ...more

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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 Frank Russell Capra was an Italian-born American film director, producer and writer who became the creative force behind some of the major award-winning films of the 1930s and 1940s. His ...more

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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 Umberto Saba 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 Austro-Hungarian Empire. Poli ...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 Umberto Eco, OMRI is an Italian semiotician, essayist, philosopher, literary critic, and novelist. He is best known for his groundbreaking 1980 historical mystery novel Il nome della rosa, an ...more

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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 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 Gioachino Antonio Rossini was an Italian composer who wrote 39 operas as well as sacred music, chamber music, songs, and some instrumental and piano pieces. His best-known operas include the ...more

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Fabio Colonna is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Fabio Colonna La Sambuca lincea 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 Alberto Moravia, born Alberto Pincherle, was an Italian novelist and journalist. His novels explored matters of modern sexuality, social alienation, and existentialism. Moravia is best known for ...more

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Aldo Busi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Aldo Busi Un cuore di troppo, Vie standard d'un vendeur provisoire de collants, Manuale della perfetta gentildonna Aldo Busi is an Italian writer and translator mostly active in the last twenty years. He was born in Montichiari, near Brescia in Lombardy. He is the author of Seminar on Youth and Vita standard ...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 Sonia Gandhi is an Italian-born Indian politician, who has served as President of the Indian National Congress party since 1998. She is the widow of former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi ...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 Ezra Weston Loomis Pound was an expatriate American poet and critic who was a major figure of the early modernist movement. His contribution to poetry began with his development of Imagism, a ...more

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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 Franco Modigliani was an Italian economist naturalized American, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management and MIT Department of Economics who won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics ...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 Thomas Anthony dePaola, is an American writer and illustrator who has created more than 200 children's books, and is known best for picture books such as Strega Nona. He received the Laura ...more

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Raven Grimassi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Raven Grimassi Ways of the strega, Beltane, Wiccan magick Raven Grimassi is an Italian-American author of 17 books, and is a Pagan scholar with over 40 years of research and study in the genre of Wicca, Stregheria, Witchcraft and Neo-Paganism. Under ...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 Sandro Penna 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 Italo Calvino was an Italian journalist and writer of short stories and novels. His best known works include the Our Ancestors trilogy, the Cosmicomics collection of short stories, and the ...more

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Giacomo Puccini is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Le Villi, Il tabarro, Play Puccini Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini was an Italian composer whose operas are among the important operas played as standards. Puccini has been called "the greatest ...more

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Thomas DiLorenzo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
From Pathology to Politics: Public Health in America, The Real Lincoln, Lincoln Unmasked Thomas James DiLorenzo is an American economics professor at Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business. He identifies himself as an adherent of the Austrian School of economics. He ...more

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Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Pavarotti, my world, Pavarotti Luciano Pavarotti, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI was an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all ...more

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Isabella Rossellini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
10 Years of Dolce & Gabbana, Quelque chose de moi, Isabella Rossellini. Some of me Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini is an Italian actress, filmmaker, author, philanthropist, and model. Rossellini is noted for her 14-year tenure as a Lancôme model, and for ...more

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Giovanni Boccaccio is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
The Decameron, Teseida, De Casibus Virorum Illustrium Giovanni Boccaccio was an Italian writer, poet, correspondent of Petrarch, and an important Renaissance humanist. Boccaccio wrote a number of notable works, including The Decameron and On Famous ...more

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Andrea Camilleri is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
The Terracotta Dog, Excursion to Tindari, The Snack Thief Andrea Camilleri is an Italian writer.

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Michelangelo Antonioni is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
L' avventura, Quel bowling sul Tevere, That bowling alley on the Tiber Michelangelo Antonioni, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI, was an Italian film director, screenwriter, editor, and short story writer. Best known for his "trilogy on modernity and its ...more

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Leonardo Sciascia is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
The Knight and Death, The Day of the Owl, Salz Leonardo Sciascia was an Italian writer, novelist, essayist, playwright and politician. Some of his works have been made into films, including Open Doors and Il giorno della civetta.

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Asia Argento is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Aria Asia Maria Vittoria Rossa Argento is an Italian actress, singer, model, and director.

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Giacomo Leopardi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Leopardi's Canti, Pensieri, Philosophie pratique Giacomo Taldegardo Francesco di Sales Saverio Pietro Leopardi was an Italian poet, philosopher, essayist and philologist. Although he lived in a secluded town in the ultra-conservative Papal ...more

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Maria Montessori is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Formazione dell'uomo, To Educate the Human Potential, The Absorbent Mind Maria Tecla Artemesia Montessori was an Italian physician and educator best known for the philosophy of education that bears her name, and her writing on scientific pedagogy. Her educational ...more

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Yves Montand is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Montand raconte Montand Yves Montand was an Italian actor and singer who became a French citizen.

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Norberto Bobbio is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
The Idea of the Republic, La Clase Politica, Diritto e stato nel pensiero di Emanuele Kant Norberto Bobbio was an Italian philosopher of law and political sciences and a historian of political thought. He also wrote regularly for the Turin-based daily La Stampa. Bobbio was a liberal ...more

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Antonio Tabucchi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
The Missing Head of Damasceno Monteiro, Pereira Maintains, It's Getting Later All the Time Antonio Tabucchi was an Italian writer and academic who taught Portuguese language and literature at the University of Siena, Italy. Deeply in love with Portugal, he was an expert, critic and ...more

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Andrea Bocelli is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
La musica del silenzio, Andrea Bocelli - Amore Andrea Bocelli, OMRI, OMDSM is an Italian classical tenor, recording artist and singer-songwriter. Born with poor eyesight, he became blind at the age of 12 following an association football ...more

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Carlo Emilio Gadda is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Eros e Priapo, L' Affreux pastis de la rue des Merles, La Madonna dei filosofi Carlo Emilio Gadda was an Italian writer and poet. He belongs to the tradition of the language innovators, writers that played with the somewhat stiff standard pre-war Italian language, and ...more

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Mario Soldati is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
El paseo de Gracia, Les lettres de Capri, The orange envelope Mario Soldati was an Italian writer and film director. In 1954 he won the Strega Prize for Lettere da Capri. He directed several works adapted from novels, and worked with leading Italian ...more

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Carlo Maria Martini is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Carlo Maria Martini L' amico importuno, En Que Creen Los Que No Creen, Belief or nonbelief? Carlo Maria Martini, S.J., was an Italian Jesuit and cardinal of the Catholic Church. He was Archbishop of Milan from 1980 to 2002 and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1983. Martini entered ...more

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Ennio Flaiano is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
The Via Veneto Papers, Autobiografia del Blu Di Prussia, Nuove lettere d'amore al cinema Ennio Flaiano, was an Italian screenwriter, playwright, novelist, journalist and drama critic. Best known for his work with Federico Fellini, Flaiano co-wrote ten screenplays with the Italian ...more

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Luchino Visconti is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Il mio teatro, Luchino Visconti, Bellissima Luchino Visconti di Modrone, Count of Lonate Pozzolo, was an Italian theatre, opera and cinema director, as well as a screenwriter. He is best known for his films The Leopard and Death in

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Bernardo Bertolucci is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Bernardo Bertolucci's Last tango in Paris, Ultimo tango a Parigi, Scene madri Bernardo Bertolucci is an Italian film director and screenwriter, whose films include The Conformist, Last Tango in Paris, 1900, The Last Emperor, The Sheltering Sky and The Dreamers. In ...more

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Robert Anthony Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, The Legend of Drizzt Boxed Set, Books I-III Robert Anthony Salvatore, who writes under the name R. A. Salvatore, is an American author best known for The DemonWars Saga, his Forgotten Realms novels, for which he created the popular ...more

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Nick Mancuso is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Mediterranean men Nicodemo Antonio Massimo "Nick" Mancuso is a Canadian cinema and stage actor.

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Gianni Rodari is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Favole al telefono, La Freccia Azzurra, La Tarte volante Gianni Rodari was an Italian writer and journalist, most famous for his children's books, notably Il romanzo di Cipollino. For his lasting contribution as a children's writer he received the ...more

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Primo Levi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
The Drowned and the Saved, The Periodic Table, Survival In Auschwitz Primo Michele Levi was an Italian Jewish chemist, writer, and Holocaust survivor. He was the author of several books, novels, collections of short stories, essays, and poems. His best-known ...more