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List of notable or famous poets from Italy, with bios and photos, including the top poets born in Italy and even some popular poets who immigrated to Italy. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Italian poets then this list is the perfect resource for you. These poets are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known poet from Italy is included when available.

Famous Italian writers of poems include everything from Roberto Benigni to Pier Paolo Pasolini.

This historic poets from Italy list can help answer the questions "Who are some Italian poets of note?" and "Who are the most famous poets from Italy?" These prominent poets of Italy may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Italian poets.

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Ada Negri is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 75 (1870-1945) Ada Negri was an Italian poet and writer.

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Adriano Banchieri is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 66 (1568-1634) Adriano Banchieri was an Italian composer, music theorist, organist and poet of the late Renaissance and early Baroque eras. He founded the Accademia dei Floridi in Bologna.

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Aldo Palazzeschi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 89 (1885-1974) Aldo Palazzeschi was the pen name of Aldo Giurlani, an Italian novelist, poet, journalist and essayist.

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Alessandro Manzoni is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 88 (1785-1873) Alessandro Francesco Tommaso Manzoni was an Italian poet and novelist. He is famous for the novel The Betrothed, generally ranked among the masterpieces of world literature. The novel is also a ...more

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Alfonso Gatto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 67 (1909-1976) Alfonso Gatto was an Italian author. Along with Giuseppe Ungaretti and Eugenio Montale, he is one of the foremost Italian poets of the 20th century and a major exponent of hermetic poetry.

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Andrea Leone Tottola is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Andrea Leone Tottola was a prolific Italian librettist, best known for his work with Gaetano Donizetti and Gioachino Rossini. It is not known when or where he was born. He became the official ...more

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Andrea Maffei is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 87 (1798-1885) Andrea Maffei was an Italian poet, translator and librettist. He was born in Molina di Ledro, Trentino. A follower of Vincenzo Monti, he formed part of the 19th century Italian classicist ...more

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Andrea Stefani is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 85 (1375-1460) Andrea Stefani was a composer, singer and poet.

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Andrea Zanzotto is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 90 (1921-2011) Andrea Zanzotto was an Italian poet.

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Antonio Cornazzano is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 54 (1430-1484) Antonio Cornazzano was an Italian poet, writer, biographer, and dancing master.

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Antonio Porta is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 54 (1935-1989) Antonio Porta was an author and poet and one of the founders of the Italian literary movement Gruppo 63.

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Antonio Salvi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 60 (1664-1724) Antonio Salvi was an Italian physician, court poet and librettist. He was in the service of the ducal court in Florence and the favourite librettist of Prince Ferdinando de' Medici. Salvi was ...more

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Antonio Veneziano is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 50 (1543-1593) Antonio Veneziano was an Italian poet who wrote mainly in Sicilian. He is considered among the greatest poets who wrote in Sicilian, which include Giovanni Meli, Domenico Tempio and Nino ...more

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Arrigo Boito is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 76 (1842-1918) Arrigo Boito, was an Italian poet, journalist, novelist, librettist and composer, best known today for his libretti, especially those for Giuseppe Verdi's operas Otello and Falstaff, and his own ...more

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Attilio Bertolucci is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 89 (1911-2000) Attilio Bertolucci was an Italian poet and writer. He is father to film directors Bernardo and Giuseppe Bertolucci.

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Battista Malatesta is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 67 (1383-1450) Battista Malatesta, also known as Battista di Montefeltro forename also called Baptista, was an Italian Renaissance poet.

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Carlo Emilio Gadda is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 80 (1893-1973) 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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Cesare Pascarella is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 82 (1858-1940) Cesare Pascarella, was an Italian dialect poet and a painter. He was appointed to the Royal Academy of Italy in 1930. Pascarella was born in Rome and initially was a painter. His literary ...more

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Cesare Pavese is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 42 (1908-1950) Cesare Pavese was an Italian poet, novelist, literary critic and translator. He is widely considered among the major authors of the 20th century in his home country.

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Claudio Lolli is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
age 68 Claudio Lolli is an Italian singer-songwriter, poet, writer and secondary school teacher.

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Dante Alighieri is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 56 (1265-1321) 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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Edmondo De Amicis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 62 (1846-1908) Edmondo De Amicis was an Italian novelist, journalist, poet and short-story writer. His best-known book is the children's novel Heart.

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Edoardo Sanguineti is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 80 (1930-2010) 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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Elio Pagliarani is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Elio Pagliarani Dec. at 85 (1927-2012) Elio Pagliarani was an Italian poet and literary critic, who belonged to the avant-garde Gruppo 63 movemement. He was born in Viserba, near Rimini. Pagliarani graduated in Politics Science at ...more

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Eugenio Montale is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 85 (1896-1981) Eugenio Montale was an Italian poet, prose writer, editor and translator, and recipient of the 1975 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is widely considered the greatest Italian lyric poet since ...more

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Ezra Pound is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 87 (1885-1972) 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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Felice Romani is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 77 (1788-1865) Felice Romani was an Italian poet and scholar of literature and mythology who wrote many librettos for the opera composers Donizetti and Bellini. Romani was considered the finest Italian ...more

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Filippo Acciaiuoli is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 63 (1637-1700) Filippo Acciaiuoli was an Italian composer, librettist, theater manager, machine designer, and poet. Acciaiuoli spent much of his youth and early adulthood traveling throughout Europe, the ...more

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Filippo Tommaso Marinetti is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 68 (1876-1944) Filippo Tommaso Emilio Marinetti was an Italian poet and editor, the founder of the Futurist movement.

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Francesco Maria Piave is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 66 (1810-1876) Francesco Maria Piave was an Italian opera librettist who was born in Murano in the lagoon of Venice, during the brief Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy. His career spanned over twenty years working ...more

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Francesco Rasi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 47 (1574-1621) Francesco Rasi was an Italian composer, singer, chitarrone player, and poet. Rasi was born in Arezzo. He studied at the University of Pisa and in 1594 he was studying with Giulio Caccini. He may ...more

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Gabriele d'Annunzio is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 75 (1863-1938) Gabriele D'Annunzio, Prince of Montenevoso, sometimes spelled d'Annunzio, was an Italian writer, poet, journalist, playwright and soldier during World War I. He occupied a prominent place in ...more

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Giacinto Scelsi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 83 (1905-1988) Giacinto Scelsi was an Italian composer who also wrote surrealist poetry in French. He is best known for writing music based around only one pitch, altered in all manners through microtonal ...more

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Giacomo Leopardi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 39 (1798-1837) 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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Giacomo Rossi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Giacomo Rossi was an Italian poet, translator and librettist who settled in London early in the 18th century and wrote librettos for George Frideric Handel, between 1710 and 1729. According to ...more

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Giorgio Bassani is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 84 (1916-2000) Giorgio Bassani was an Italian novelist, poet, essayist, editor, and international intellectual.

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Giosuè Carducci is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 72 (1835-1907) Giosuè Alessandro Giuseppe Carducci was an Italian poet and teacher. He was very influential and was regarded as the official national poet of modern Italy. In 1906 he became the first ...more

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Giovanni Boccaccio is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 62 (1313-1375) 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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Giovanni de Gamerra is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 61 (1742-1803) Giovanni de Gamerra was a cleric, a playwright, and a poet. He is best known as a prolific librettist. Gamerra was born in Livorno, and worked from 1771 at the Teatro Regio Ducal in Milan – an ...more

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Giovanni Domenico da Nola is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Giovanni Domenico da Nola was an Italian composer and poet of the Renaissance. He was born in the town of Nola, Italy. He was a founding member of the Accademia dei Sereni in 1546-1547, where he ...more

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Giovanni Pascoli is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 57 (1855-1912) Giovanni Placido Agostino Pascoli was an Italian poet and classical scholar.

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Giovanni Ruffini is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 74 (1807-1881) Giovanni Ruffini was an Italian poet of the early 19th century. He is chiefly known for having written the draft of the libretto of the opera Don Pasquale for its composer Gaetano Donizetti.

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Giuseppe Almanzi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Giuseppe Almanzi Dec. at 59 (1801-1860) Joseph Almanzi was an Italian Jewish bibliophile and poet. The eldest son of Baruch Hayyim Almanzi, a wealthy merchant; he received a good education by private tutors, one of whom was Israel ...more

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Giuseppe Parini is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 70 (1729-1799) Giuseppe Parini was an Italian Enlightenment satirist and poet of the neoclassic period.

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Giuseppe Ungaretti is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 82 (1888-1970) Giuseppe Ungaretti was an Italian modernist poet, journalist, essayist, critic, academic, and recipient of the inaugural 1970 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. A leading ...more

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Goffredo Mameli is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 22 (1827-1849) Goffredo Mameli, an Italian patriot, poet, and writer was a notable figure in the Italian Risorgimento. He is also the author of the lyrics of the current Italian national anthem.

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Guido Gozzano is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 33 (1883-1916) Guido Gustavo Gozzano was an Italian poet and writer.

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Iginio Ugo Tarchetti is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 30 (1839-1869) Iginio Ugo Tarchetti was an Italian author, poet, and journalist. Born in San Salvatore Monferrato, his military career was cut short by ill health, and in 1865 he settled in Milan. Here he ...more

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Ilija Crijević is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Ilija Crijević Elio Lampridio Cervino or Cerva was a Ragusan poet who wrote in Latin. His life was stormy and restless.

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Ippolito Pindemonte is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 75 (1753-1828) Ippolito Pindemonte was an Italian poet. He was educated at the Collegio di San Carlo in Modena, but otherwise spent most of his life in Verona. He was born into an aristocratic family, and ...more