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Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
Fiorello. Ph. Roberto Vicario on wikimedia   Fiorello is one amazing showman. He started in Italian resorts as an entertainer for tourists, but his natural talent didn't take very long to show. He turned quickly into a television phenomenon - he was hired by the private networks to host a karaoke live show that toured throughout Italy. This gave Fiorello incredible exposure, but also the flexibility to try out different aspects of his talent such as dancing, singing, and hosting. This
Saturday, October 1st, 2016
renzo arbore
Renzo Arbore. Ph. on wikimedia   Renzo Arbore is one of the most unusual characters in Italian show business, a man who took irony, music and mixed them into an incredible way of communicating. Arbore started on the radio with his memorable duets with Gianni Boncompagni, but most will remember him for his efforts on television. At the end of the 1970s, he revolutionized Italian TV with the show "L'altra Domenica" (The Other Sunday), which was broadcast on the second public channel
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016
giacomo agostini
Giacomo Agostini in 1968. Ph. Jac. de Nijs on wikimedia    Giacomo Agostini (b. Brescia 1942) is a legend in Italy for having won the most motorbike championships in history: a total of 15. These astonishing result arrived after winning 123 races. These numbers are doubly astonishing when one realizes that he raced in more than one category (and competed in more than one during the same season).   A true gentleman, Agostini recalls loving motors and racing since he was a child, but could
Friday, August 19th, 2016
Francesco Totti Roma
  Francesco Totti. Ph. Roberto Vicario on wikimedia   "Il Capitano" (The Captain) is the nickname that Francesco Totti goes by among the supporters of A.S. Roma, but others in the soccer world often refer to him, in a mostly friendly manner, as "Er Pupone" (The Big Baby). Whatever you want to call Totti, one thing is certain, he is one of the best to ever have played the game of soccer (calcio). Born in Rome in 1976 and raised there, Totti grew up in the ranks of the A.S. Roma team and has
Friday, August 12th, 2016
sergio marchionne
  Sergio Marchionne. Ph. Ricardo Stuckert/PR-Agencia Brasil   Born in Italy in 1952, Sergio Marchionne, who apparently arrived from nowhere with a background in philosophy and was brought to Fiat as CEO by Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, has become one of the most important figures not only in the Italian economy, but in the world. Marchionne took a very different approach in turning around the fate of Fiat, which seemed to be doomed before his arrival. He made the company a self-sustaining one,
Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo (Ph. from Wikipedia)   Luca Cordero di Montezemolo is one of Italy's elite businessmen, successful and powerful and very well connected. From a noble Italian family, Montezemolo is a driver of fancy cars (and even a pro race car driver in some smaller races) who was groomed by the Agnellis and Fiat. While many have wondered whether Montezemolo's success came from his connections or his own abilities, it is likely that the truth is somewhere in the middle. In the
Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
Simona Ventura (Photo from Wikipedia)   Simona Ventura stole the scene in Italian television, becoming a famous name and a bankable host for the networks. Ventura started her career with small appearances on local TV stations, like most in the business. Her first break came when she started working at Mediaset, and her public image gained more national exposure, exporting her from her native Turin. At Mediaset, she had some interesting jobs and developed as a host. She worked with the best
Friday, December 18th, 2015
  Italy is by many considered a very romantic country, where people decide to spend time with their partner. Some Italian towns and cities are truly special for those in love, also because they have been the backdrop to some of the most famous historic, literary and legendary love stories of all times. Whether real or not, every Italian knows the names of these lovers, some of them famous because sang by our poets, others simply because they automatically spring to
Saturday, October 31st, 2015
valentino rossi
Valentino Rossi (Photo from Wikipedia) Italy always produced great bikers: it's almost like the country's racing in its blood. When, in the 1960s and 1970s,  Giacomo Agostini reached the Olympus of world motorbike racing, it seemed nobody could do as well as him. It was truly so for decades, until Valentino Rossi came onto the scene.      Valentino's amazing career  Born in 1979, Rossi is already a legend in his sport and has shown a great talent for handling motorbikes from a very early age
Friday, August 14th, 2015
italian movie legends
  The world of acting stretches far beyond the sound stages of Beverly Hills and picturesque film locations across Europe. Many of the world's most famous and well-known actors and actresses are of Italian descent, but here are a few Italian-born contributors who have added their flair to the world's entertainment catalog along with some impressive achievements.   Sofia Loren in the late 1950s (wikiwatcher1/wikimedia)   Giancarlo Giannini Born August 1, 1942 in La
Saturday, August 1st, 2015
Beppe Grillo
Beppe Grillo on stage   Beppe Grillo is one of the most recognized and probably most talented Italian stand up comedian. For almost 40 years he has entertained the Italian public through every media, and some of his most memorable performances entered the history of Italian popular culture. Grillo represents the classical satirical actor: hedgy, often attacking the system, an attitude that led him to slowly transfer from comedy to politics, becoming a very important blogger and
Thursday, July 30th, 2015
sabina guzzanti
Sabina Guzzanti at Cannes for her movie Draquila   The Guzzanti family has truly become a public affair within Italian society, as each member is somehow a public figure and is allowed to speak and appear pretty much at any condition they demand. Sabina is the daughter of Paolo, a prominent journalist and politician, who after many years of supporting Silvio Berlusconi, decided to leave the party. Paolo's political affiliation created a very interesting scenario, as Sabina built
Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
giovanni falcone
  Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino   Not many people have the courage to stand up for their ideals and fight for the better interests of society, but Giovanni Falcone, along with his friend Paolo Borsellino, is certainly one who has. Born in Palermo in May of 1939, Falcone would go on to graduate with a law degree from the University of Palermo and become an Italian magistrate seen as a hero in the Italian fight against the mafia. Due to his drive and actions, Falcone will
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
pietro taricone
  Pietro Taricone and fiancee Kasia Smutniak   While Pietro Taricone didn't win the first edition of "Big Brother," he won Italian hearts the moment he stepped on screen.   The first edition of the Italian version of the "Big Brother" hit the airwaves in 2000 and proposed a dramatic shift in TV broadcasting, probably second only to the advent of color. The show was the first of all reality shows, and proposed the new tv concept of unscripted, non edited tv
Friday, July 17th, 2015
sexy italian women
 Italy's Sexiest Women   Italy is not only famous for its thousand-year old culture, its delicious food and the amazing landscape, but also for the mediterranean beauty of its women.   Italy's sexiest women all come from the television business. In most cases, they started off their careers as showgirls/dancers in popular tv programmes. This phenomenon has become such a custom in Italy that these girls were given particular names after the programmes from veline to letterine, to
Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
  The doe eyed Italian model born in 1980, Mariacarla Boscono, is quickly moving up the ranks of the fashion industry, playing the muse of Givency, working the cover of Vogue and gliding down the runways of Versace during Fashion Week. She became the first to pick up one of the contracts Kate Moss lost after the paparazzi drug fiasco when she took the place as the face for Stella McCartney's highly publicized H&M collection. Her ascent to supermodel stardom has included
Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
Al Bano and Romina Power
Al Bano and Romina perform at the 1976 Eurovision (Nationaal Archief/wikimedia)    Al Bano e Romina Power are one of the most famous duo in Italian music: they delivered wonderful songs, but also embodied for many a decade a magnificent love. When the couple met, in 1967, Al Bano was a young, talented Italian singer, who had just won "Un Disco per l'Estate" with "Nel Sole;" Romina was the beautiful daughter of Hollywood heart-throb Tyrone Power and famous actress Linda
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
monica bellucci
  She stripped naked to protest against harsh laws restricting IVF in Italy which are based on Catholic principles, has no qualms about appearing nude, and is an agnostic, yet  Monica Bellucci agreed to star in Mel Gibson's very Catholic movie, The Passion of the Christ (2004).   An intense portrait of Monica Bellucci (jingdianmeinv/flickr)   The beautiful, free-spirited Italian actress was born on September 30, 1964 in the village of Città
Saturday, March 2nd, 2013
carla bruni
   Carla Bruni Sarkozy on the catwalk in her youth and today Ph. flickr/Hot Gossip Italia   Carla Bruni has worn a lot of hats in her life: heiress, supermodel, singer, mother and First Lady among them. Famous for her good looks, natural talent, and a penchant for dating equally well known men, Bruni-Sarkozy is something of a force of nature. After marrying French President Nicolas Sarkozy following a whirlwind courtship, the world watched as the Italian model settled into her new role,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The Australian Model is one of Italy's favorite citizens   Megan Gale Described as 'Italy's hottest star since Sophia Loren', stunningly beautiful Australian model, Megan Gale, divides her time between Australia and Italy. Although she is well-known in Australia she doesn't find it too difficult to obtain some privacy but in Italy the young model is mobbed on the street every time she appears. She is loved and regarded as a goddess in Italy and needs tough looking bodyguards to
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Gina Lollobrigida "A woman at 20 is like ice, at 30 she is warm and at 40 she is hot," Italian actress, Gina Lollobrigida once said. ( Most men would think that the 'Italian Sex Goddess', famous for her sultry looks and curvaceous figure was hot at any age. The only one who she failed to capture was Rock Hudson who 'fell asleep' when they became intimate, she told television interviewer, Larry King. 'It happens,' Lollobrigida said. The stunning actress, nicknamed 'Lollo', a
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Roberto Saviano with his book Gomorrha Roberto Saviano is probably one of the most discussed Italian writers since Umberto Eco and his Il Nome della Rosa. His book, Gomorra, published in 2006, has created much controversy, and is a very strong stand against the camorra -- a mafia-like criminal organization operating near Naples -- that forced Saviano to live under constant protection. In addition to the novel, a film shortly followed, making the author's popularity soar. The controversy
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Serena Grandi Serena Grandi was born Serena Faggioli on March 23, 1958 in the town of Bologna, Italy. This Italian bombshell with the voluptuous measurements 39.5- 23.5 - 39.5 was once voted the sexiest woman in Italy. She is often referred to as the Italian Dolly Parton due to the ample size of her bosom. Ms. Grandi has appeared in a variety of films, including the soft core erotic thrillers of Tinto Brass. She is not afraid to show some skin. Her beauty - and her bosom - is
Friday, June 1st, 2012
<span><span>Flavio Briatore in 2008 ( wikipedia) </span></span> Everybody tries, many fail, very few succeed. Flavio Briatore definitely falls in the latter category, his life an almost perfect depiction of Cinderella's tale. A self made man, who started from nowhere and created a well recognized public position for himself, as well as considerable wealth, Briatore has different faces and aspects to his personality. To the masses, he is an Italian playboy, who enjoys
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italian Comedian-Actor-Director, Screenplay Writer, Producer and Author   Roberto Benigni He is an award winner of the 2000 European Film Academy Award for European Achievement in World Cinema and in 1999 he won the German Film Award for best foreign film for 'Life is Beautiful.' In 1999 he won the Goya for best European film again for 'Life is Beautiful,' and then won the American Comedy Award for the funniest Actor in a Motion Picture for 'Life is Beautiful one more time.' His
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italians have left their mark in many fields. From acting to directing, from modelling to photography, from architecture to the many, many, many artists that were born on Italian soil and graced the world with their genius. As Madonna, proud of her Italian heritage, said "Italians do it better". And "it" can really mean a lot of things. Please see more about Italian-American Celebrities The fame of many Italian celebrities has gone beyond the national borders and they are known and admired
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Gianni Agnelli with a young Lapo Elkann Lapo Elkann is the grandson of Giovanni Agnelli, l'Avvocato (The Attorney), the undisputed king of the Italian twentieth century jet set. To be an Agnelli is a difficult challenge, especially in a culture such as the Italian, where social status is still very important. The Agnelli are what the Kennedy are to the United States, an un-crowned royal family that sets the tone for an entire nation.   Lapo and his brother John are symbols of the new
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italian Men: Sensual Artists, Sailors and … Charmers   Stefano Accorsi and his girlfriend French supermodel Laetitia Casta Is there a crisis in the myth of sexy Italian male? Handsome, muscular, black curls and extremely well dressed, it seems in decline, an image of the past, a yellowed picture that comes out of a drawer. Yet for years the myth has been fed by figures, names and faces Alessandro Gassman have been carved into the world's collective vision. The image of a man beautiful and
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Born in Rome on September 20, 1975, Asia Maria Vittoria Rossa Argento's life has never been without controversy or drama. The local registry office would not acknowledge her as Asia due to a law remaining from Mussolini's Fascist Italy in which no child could be named after a foreign country or continent. She was therefore, re-named Aria. The independent actress prefers to use her original name; however. Asia is the daughter of famed Italian horror filmmaker, Dario Argento, and film
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Marco Travaglio is one of the most controversial journalists in Italy, known for a brash, know-it-all style as well as his staunch position against the government. Travaglio, joined by colleague Michele Santoro, has also gained a reputation as someone in the media who cashes in on others' suffering. Marco started to gain recognition when he started at Il Giornale with Indro Montanelli, however when Silvio Berlusconi's family took ownership of the paper, Travaglio left after disagreeing with the