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The Italian 100:
a Ranking of the Most Influential, Cultural, Scientific, and Political Figures, Past and Present


The list below is from the book
The Italian 100: a Ranking of the Most Influential, Cultural, Scientific, and Political Figures, Past and Present, Citadel Press (1998), written by Stephen J. Spignesi.

1Galileo GalileiCatholic
2Christopher ColumbusCatholic
3Guglielmo MarconiCatholic and Anglican
4Enrico FermiCatholic
5Alessandro VoltaCatholic
6Leonardo Fibonacci 
7Evangelista TorricelliCatholic
8Filippo Mazzei 
9MichelangeloCatholic
10Leonardo da VinciCatholic
11Giovanni Battista Morgagni 
12Gabriel Fallopius 
13Girolamo Fabrizio 
14Marcello MalpighiCatholic
15Girolamo FracastoroCatholic
16Lazzaro Spallanzani 
17Camillo Golgi 
18Luigi Porta 
19Salvador Edward Luria 
20Rita Levi-Montalcini 
21Renato Dulbecco 
22Ugo Cerletti and Lucio Bini 
23Gasparo Tagliacozzi 
24Ascanio Sobrero 
25Francesco RediCatholic
26Girolamo CardanoCatholic
27Francesco Bonaventura CavalieriCatholic
28Amedeo Avogadro and Stanislao CannizzaroCatholic
29St. Fabiola 
30Luigi Galvani 
31Francesco Maria GrimaldiCatholic
32Niccolo TartagliaCatholic
33Andrea CesalpinoCatholic
34The MedicisCatholic
35Guido of Arezzo 
36Aldo Manuzio the Elder and Aldo Manuzio the Younger 
37St. Thomas AquinasCatholic
38Dante AlighieriCatholic
39Niccolo MachiavelliCatholic
40St. Francis of AssisiCatholic
41Giuseppe Mazzini 
42Benito MussoliniCatholic
43Amerigo VespucciCatholic
44Marco PoloCatholic
45John CabotCatholic
46Giovanni da Verrazano 
47Bartolommeo Cristofori 
48Alessandro ManzoniCatholic
49Giuseppe VerdiCatholic
50Giovanni BoccaccioCatholic
51Filippo Brunelleschi 
52Leon Battista Alberti 
53Maria MontessoriCatholic
54Boethius 
55PetrarchCatholic
56Giulio Caccini 
57Claudio MonteverdiCatholic
58Gioacchino RossiniCatholic
59CimabueCatholic
60The BellinisCatholic
61GiorgioneCatholic
62Giorgio VasariCatholic
63RaphaelCatholic
64Sandro BotticelliCatholic
65DonatelloCatholic
66MasaccioCatholic
67Benvenuto CelliniCatholic
68GiottoCatholic
69Alessandro Scarlatti and Domenico ScarlattiCatholic
70Antonio VivaldiCatholic
71TitianCatholic
72Antonio StradivariCatholic
73Giacomo PucciniCatholic
74Federico FelliniCatholic; astrology; Jungian
75A.P. GianniniCatholic
76Giuseppe GaribaldiCatholic
77Charles "Lucky" LucianoCatholic
78Lee IacoccaCatholic
79Arturo ToscaniniCatholic
80Gaetano DonizettiCatholic
81Enrico CarusoCatholic
82Niccolo Paganini 
83Al "Scarface" CaponeCatholic
84Frank SinatraCatholic
85Martin ScorseseCatholic (lapsed former seminarian)
86Francis Ford CoppolaCatholic (non-practicing
87Italo CalvinoWaldensian Protestant (lapsed)
88Luciano PavarottiCatholic
89Robert De Niro and Al Pacino Catholic (non-practicing); Catholic
90Joe DiMaggioCatholic
91Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti 
92Bernardo BertolucciCatholic (lapsed)
93Vittorio De SicaCatholic
94Luchino Visconti 
95Marcello MastroianniCatholic
96Sophia LorenCatholic (nominal)
97Camille PagliaCatholic
98Franco Zeffirelli 
99Frank CapraCatholic; Christian Science
100MadonnaCatholic; Kabbalah

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