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Famous People From Florence

Updated June 8, 2017 4.4k views759 items

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.
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  • Rose McGowan

    BirthplaceFlorence, Italy

    Rose Arianna McGowan (born September 5, 1973) is an American actress, activist, writer, and...  more

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  • Florence Nightingale

    Florence Nightingale

    Dec. at 90 (1820-1910)

    BirthplaceFlorence, Italy

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  • Jean-Baptiste Lully

    Jean-Baptiste Lully

    Dec. at 55 (1632-1687)

    BirthplaceFlorence, Italy

    Jean-Baptiste Lully (UK: , US: ; French: [ʒɑ̃ baˈtist lyˈli]; born Giovanni Battista Lulli,...  more

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  • Sandro Botticelli

    Sandro Botticelli

    Dec. at 65 (1445-1510)

    BirthplaceFlorence, Italy

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  • Franco Zeffirelli

    BirthplaceEurope, Eurasia, Italy, Florence, Southern Europe

    Gian Franco Corsi "Franco" Zeffirelli (Italian: [fraŋko ddzeffiˈrɛlli]; 12 February 1923 – 15...  more
  • Roberto Cavalli

    BirthplaceFlorence, Italy

    Roberto Cavalli (Italian pronunciation: [roˈbɛrto kaˈvalli]; born 15 November 1940) is an...  more

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  • Giovanni Papini

    Giovanni Papini

    Dec. at 75 (1881-1956)

    BirthplaceEurope, Eurasia, Italy, Florence, Southern Europe

    Giovanni Papini (January 9, 1881 – ibid. July 8, 1956) was an Italian journalist, essayist,...  more
  • Darian Durant

    BirthplaceFlorence, South Carolina

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  • Sam Phillips

    Sam Phillips

    Dec. at 80 (1923-2003)

    BirthplaceUSA, Alabama, Florence

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  • John Singer Sargent

    John Singer Sargent

    Dec. at 69 (1856-1925)

    BirthplaceFlorence, Italy

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  • Giulio Racah

    Giulio Racah

    Dec. at 56 (1909-1965)

    BirthplaceFlorence, Italy

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  • W. C. Handy

    W. C. Handy

    Dec. at 85 (1873-1958)

    BirthplaceFlorence, Alabama, United States of America

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  • Niccolò Galli

    Dec. at 18 (1983-2001)

    BirthplaceFlorence, Italy

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  • Giorgio van Straten

    BirthplaceFlorence, Italy

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  • Arthur Gamgee

    Dec. at 68 (1841-1909)

    BirthplaceFlorence, Italy

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  • Giovanni di Bicci de' Medici

    Giovanni di Bicci de' Medici

    Dec. at 69 (1360-1429)

    BirthplaceFlorence, Italy

    Giovanni di Bicci de' Medici (c. 1360 – February 1429) was an Italian banker and founder of...  more
  • Mario Chiari

    Dec. at 80 (1909-1989)

    BirthplaceFlorence, Italy

    Mario Chiari (14 July 1909 – 8 April 1989) was an Italian production designer and art...  more
  • Fosco Maraini

    Fosco Maraini

    Dec. at 92 (1912-2004)

    BirthplaceFlorence, Italy

    Fosco Maraini (Italian: [ˈfosko maraˈiːni; ˈfɔs-]; 15 November 1912 – 8 June 2004) was an...  more
  • Anna Banti

    Dec. at 90 (1895-1985)

    BirthplaceFlorence, Italy

    Anna Banti (born Lucia Lopresti in Florence on 27 June 1895; died in Massa on 2 September...  more
  • George P. Cosmatos

    George P. Cosmatos

    Dec. at 64 (1941-2005)

    BirthplaceFlorence, Italy

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  • Filippo Brunelleschi

    Filippo Brunelleschi

    Dec. at 69 (1377-1446)

    BirthplaceFlorence, Italy

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  • Alessandro Galilei

    Alessandro Galilei

    Dec. at 46 (1691-1737)

    BirthplaceFlorence, Italy

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  • Francesco Barberini

    Francesco Barberini

    Dec. at 82 (1597-1679)

    BirthplaceFlorence, Italy

    Francesco Barberini (23 September 1597 – 10 December 1679) was an Italian Catholic Cardinal....  more
  • Houston Person

    BirthplaceFlorence, South Carolina

    Houston Person (born November 10, 1934) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist and record...  more
  • Valentino Bucchi

    Dec. at 60 (1916-1976)

    BirthplaceFlorence, Italy

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