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Famous Poets from Italy

Updated June 14, 2019 39.6k views80 items

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.

Use this list of renowned Italian poets to discover some new poets that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. 
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    Ada Negri

    Dec. at 75 (1870-1945)
    Ada Negri (3 February 1870 – 11 January 1945) was an Italian poet and writer....  more
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    Adriano Banchieri

    Dec. at 66 (1568-1634)
    Adriano Banchieri (Bologna, 3 September 1568 – Bologna, 1634) was an Italian composer, music...  more
  • 3

    Aldo Palazzeschi

    Dec. at 89 (1885-1974)
    Aldo Palazzeschi (Italian pronunciation: [ˈaldo palatˈtseski]; 2 February 1885 – 17 August...  more
  • 4

    Alessandro Manzoni

    Dec. at 88 (1785-1873)
    Alessandro Francesco Tommaso Antonio Manzoni (UK: , US: , Italian: [alesˈsandro manˈdzoːni]; 7...  more
  • 5

    Alfonso Gatto

    Dec. at 67 (1909-1976)
    Alfonso Gatto was an Italian author. Along with Giuseppe Ungaretti and Eugenio Montale, he is...  more
  • 6
    Andrea Leone Tottola (died 15 September 1831) was a prolific Italian librettist, best known...  more
  • 7

    Andrea Maffei

    Dec. at 87 (1798-1885)
    Andrea Maffei (1798 – 1885) was an Italian poet, translator and librettist. He was born in...  more
  • 8

    Andrea Stefani

    Dec. at 85 (1375-1460)
    Andrea Stefani was a composer, singer and poet....  more
  • 9

    Andrea Zanzotto

    Dec. at 90 (1921-2011)
    Andrea Zanzotto (10 October 1921 – 18 October 2011) was an Italian poet....  more
  • 10

    Antonio Cornazzano

    Dec. at 54 (1430-1484)
    Antonio Cornazzano (c. 1430 in Piacenza – 1484 in Ferrara) was an Italian poet, writer,...  more
  • 11

    Antonio Porta

    Dec. at 54 (1935-1989)
    Antonio Porta (the pen-name of Leo Paolazzi) was an author and poet and one of the founders of...  more
  • 12

    Antonio Salvi

    Dec. at 60 (1664-1724)
    Antonio Salvi (17 January 1664 – 21 May 1724) was an Italian physician, court poet and...  more
  • 13

    Antonio Veneziano

    Dec. at 50 (1543-1593)
    Antonio Veneziano (1543 - 19 August 1593) was an Italian poet who wrote mainly in the...  more
  • 14

    Arrigo Boito

    Dec. at 76 (1842-1918)
    Arrigo Boito (Italian: [arˈriːɡo ˈbɔito]; 24 February 1842 – 10 June 1918) (whose original...  more
  • 15

    Attilio Bertolucci

    Dec. at 89 (1911-2000)
    Attilio Bertolucci (18 November 1911 – 14 June 2000) was an Italian poet and writer. He is...  more
  • 16

    Battista Malatesta

    Dec. at 67 (1383-1450)
    Battista Malatesta (c. 1384 – 1448), also known as Battista di Montefeltro forename also...  more
  • 17

    Carlo Emilio Gadda

    Dec. at 80 (1893-1973)
    Carlo Emilio Gadda (Italian pronunciation: [ˈkarlo eˈmiːljo ˈɡadda]; November 14, 1893 – May...  more
  • 18

    Cesare Pascarella

    Dec. at 82 (1858-1940)
    Cesare Pascarella (28 April 1858 - 8 May 1940), was an Italian dialect poet and a painter. He...  more
  • 19

    Cesare Pavese

    Dec. at 42 (1908-1950)
    Cesare Pavese (UK: pav-AY-zay, -⁠zee, Italian: [ˈtʃeːzare paˈveːze, ˈtʃɛː-, -eːse]; 9...  more
  • 20
    Claudio Lolli (March 28, 1950 – August 17, 2018) was an Italian singer-songwriter, poet,...  more
  • 21

    Dante Alighieri

    Dec. at 56 (1265-1321)
    Durante di Alighiero degli Alighieri (Italian: [duˈrante deʎʎ aliˈɡjɛːri]; Latin: Dantes),...  more

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    Edmondo De Amicis

    Dec. at 62 (1846-1908)
    Edmondo De Amicis (Italian pronunciation: [edˈmondo de aˈmiːtʃis]; 21 October 1846 – 11 March...  more
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    Edoardo Sanguineti

    Dec. at 80 (1930-2010)
    Edoardo Sanguineti was a Genoese poet, writer and academic; universally considered one of the...  more
  • 24

    Elio Pagliarani

    Dec. at 85 (1927-2012)
    Elio Pagliarani (25 May 1927 – 8 March 2012) was an Italian poet and literary critic, who...  more
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    Eugenio Montale

    Dec. at 85 (1896-1981)
    Eugenio Montale (Italian: [euˈdʒɛːnjo monˈtaːle]; 12 October 1896 – 12 September 1981) was an...  more