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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Fabio Colonna is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
La Sambuca lincea
Fabio Colonna was an Italian naturalist and botanist.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Raven Grimassi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
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
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.
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