Italy has had so much influence on the entire world. Years of history, culture, and wisdom from this beautiful country have echoed through the ages. Here are a few wise words from some of Italy’s finest natives!
1. LEONARDO DA VINCI
A native of Tuscany, Leonardo da Vinci, was born April 15, 1452. His artwork is world renowned and featured in famous museums across the global. Arguably his most famous painting, The Last Supper, is currently displayed in the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy.
2. MARIO ANDRETTI
Mario Andretti was born in 1940 in Motona, Istria (then in Italy, but now Croatia. He gained his U.S. citizenship in 1964. Synonymous with the word “speed”, Mario Andretti is one of only two racecar drivers who have won races in Formula One, World Sportscar Championship, IndyCar, and NASCAR.
3. POPE PAUL VI
Originally named Giovanni Battista Montini before his papacy, Pope Paul VI was born in 1897 in Brescia, Lombardy. Elected Pope in 1963, he took the name “Paul” after St. Paul and was responsible for doing away with a large majority of pomp and circumstance of the papal ceremony.
4. GALILEO GAILEI
The Father of Modern Science, Galileo Galilei, was born in Pisa in 1564. An astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher, and mathmetician, we can thank Galileo for a large majority of our scientific knowledge still to this day.
5. FRANCESCO GUICCIARDINI
Francesco Guicciardini, the famous historian, statesman, a political writer, was born in 1483 in Florence. He is most known for his writing of The History of Italy, an account of the political culture of the Italian Peninsula during 1490-1534.
6. ELEANORA DUSE
The Italian actress more commonly known as just “Duse” was born in Vigevano, Lombardy in 1858. In 1923 she was the first woman, and the first Italian, to be featured on the cover of Time magazine.
7. SOPHIA LOREN
Sophia Loren was born in Rome in 1934. The Italian film actress performed in well over 30 films, with a few of the most notable being Houseboat, The Pride and the Passion, Ready to Wear, Grumpier Old Men, and It Started in Naples.
8. ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
Born in 1225 in Sicily, St. Thomas Aquinas was a Catholic friar, priest, philosopher, and theologian. He is noted as the patron Saint of students and universities.
9. ENZO FERRARI
The founder of the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team, Enzo Ferrari was born in 1898 in Modena, Italy. Later in life, he would go on to be the founder of the Ferrari Automobile.
10. ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Born in either 1181 or 1182 in Assisi, a province of Perugia in the Umbria region of Italy, St. Francis of Assisi was a Roman Catholic friar. He was originally the patron Saint of Italy, but is now more commonly associated as the patron Saint of animals.