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List of famous people from Florence, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Florence, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Florence you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Florence, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

This list is made up of many different people, including Sandro Botticelli and Rose McGowan.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Florence?" or "Which celebrities were born in Florence?" then this list is a great resource for you.

Rose McGowan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Florence
age 45
Rose Arianna McGowan is an American actress and singer. She has played Paige Matthews in The WB supernatural drama series Charmed, and Ann-Margret alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Elvis Presley ...more

Florence Nightingale is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Florence
Dec. at 90 (1820-1910)
Florence Nightingale, OM, RRC was a celebrated English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. She came to prominence while serving as a manager of nurses trained by ...more

Jean-Baptiste Lully is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Florence
Dec. at 55 (1632-1687)
Jean-Baptiste Lully was an Italian-born French composer, instrumentalist, and dancer who spent most of his life working in the court of Louis XIV of France. He is considered the chief master of ...more

Sandro Botticelli is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Florence
Dec. at 65 (1445-1510)
Sandro Botticelli was one of the most famous painters of the Renaissance period, and he was one of five painters chosen by Pope Sixtus IV in 1481 to adorn the Sistine Chapel with a series of ...more

Franco Zeffirelli is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Florence
age 96
Franco Zeffirelli, KBE is an Italian director and producer of films and television. He is also a director and designer of operas and a former senator for the Italian centre-right Forza Italia ...more

Roberto Cavalli is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Florence
age 78
Roberto Cavalli is an Italian fashion designer from Florence. He is known for exotic prints and for creating the sand-blasted look for jeans. He is the father of fashion designer Daniele

Giovanni Papini is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Florence
Dec. at 75 (1881-1956)
Giovanni Papini was an Italian journalist, essayist, literary critic, poet, and novelist.

Darian Durant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Florence
age 36
Darian Bernard Durant is a professional Canadian football quarterback currently playing for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. He played college football at the ...more

Sam Phillips is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Florence
Dec. at 80 (1923-2003)
Samuel Cornelius Phillips, better known as Sam Phillips, was an American musician, businessman, record executive, music producer, and disc-jockey, who played an important role in the emergence ...more

John Singer Sargent is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Florence
Dec. at 69 (1856-1925)
John Singer Sargent was an American artist, considered the "leading portrait painter of his generation" for his evocations of Edwardian era luxury. During his career, he created ...more

Giulio Racah is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Florence
Dec. at 56 (1909-1965)
Giulio Racah was an Italian–Israeli physicist and mathematician.

W. C. Handy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Florence
Dec. at 85 (1873-1958)
William Christopher Handy was an American blues composer and musician. He was widely known as the "Father of the Blues". Handy remains among the most influential of American ...more

Niccolò Galli is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Florence
Dec. at 18 (1983-2001)
Niccolò Galli was a promising professional footballer who died in a road traffic accident aged 17. The son of former Italian international goalkeeper Giovanni Galli, he began with his ...more

Giorgio van Straten is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Florence
age 64
Giorgio van Straten is an Italian writer, editor, translator and manager of arts organizations. In 2000 he was awarded the Grand Official Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. That same year ...more

Arthur Gamgee is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Florence
Dec. at 68 (1841-1909)
Arthur Gamgee FRS was a British biochemist.

Giovanni di Bicci de' Medici is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Florence
Dec. at 69 (1360-1429)
Giovanni di Bicci de' Medici was an Italian banker, a member of Medici family of Florence, and the founder of the Medici Bank. While other family members, such as Chiarissimo di Giambuono de' ...more

Mario Chiari is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Florence
Dec. at 80 (1909-1989)
Mario Chiari was an Italian production designer and art director. He was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Best Art Direction for the film Doctor Dolittle.

Fosco Maraini is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Florence
Dec. at 92 (1912-2004)
Fosco Maraini was an Italian photographer, anthropologist, ethnologist, writer, mountaineer and academic.

Anna Banti is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Florence
Dec. at 90 (1895-1985)
Anna Banti was an Italian writer, art historian, critic, and translator.

George P. Cosmatos is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Florence
Dec. at 64 (1941-2005)
George Pan Cosmatos was a Greek/Italian film director.

Filippo Brunelleschi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Florence
Dec. at 69 (1377-1446)
Filippo Brunelleschi was one of the foremost architects and engineers of the Italian Renaissance. He is perhaps most famous for his development of linear perspective and for engineering the dome ...more

Alessandro Galilei is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Florence
Dec. at 46 (1691-1737)
Alessandro Maria Gaetano Galilei was a Florentine mathematician, architect and theorist, a member of the same patrician family as Galileo. He received architectural and engineering training from ...more

Francesco Barberini is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Florence
Dec. at 82 (1597-1679)
Francesco Barberini was an Italian Catholic Cardinal. The nephew of Pope Urban VIII, he benefited immensely from the nepotism practiced by his uncle. He was given various roles within the ...more

Houston Person is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Florence
age 84
Houston Person is an American jazz tenor saxophonist and record producer. Although he has performed in the hard bop and swing genres, he is most experienced in and best known for his work in ...more

Valentino Bucchi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Florence
Dec. at 60 (1916-1976)
Valentino Bucchi was an Italian composer.