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Famous Italians

Based on the clues, name these famous Italians, past and present.
Last updated: April 20, 2015
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Clue
Italian
"Discovered" the New World
Christopher Columbus
"Mona Lisa" painter
Leonardo da Vinci
Died on the Ides of March
Julius Caesar
Venetian who traveled to China
Marco Polo
Writer who said the ends
justify the means
Niccolo Machiavelli
Inventor of radio
Guglielmo Marconi
Painted the Sistine Chapel
Michelangelo
Mapmaker and namesake
of two continents
Amerigo Vespucci
Scandal-prone Prime Minister
and billionaire
Silvio Berlusconi
First Roman Emperor
Augustus
Painter of cherubs
and "The School of Athens"
Raphael
Clue
Italian
"Magnificient" ruler of Florence
Lorenzo de' Medici
Helped to develop
the first nuclear reactor
Enrico Fermi
Discovered the four
largest moons of Jupiter
Galileo Galilei
Most famous of the Three Tenors
Luciano Pavarotti
"Divine Comedy" author
Dante Alighieri
Italian designer,
famous for men's suits
Giorgio Armani
"Life is Beautiful" director
Roberto Benigni
"Marriage Italian-Style" actress
Sophia Loren
Fascist dictator
Benito Mussolini
"Four Seasons" composer
Antonio Vivaldi
First king of modern Italy
Victor Emmanuel II
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level 20
Nov 14, 2012
Mamma mia! So many people that I didn't know were Italian. Well, I should have known seeing most of their last names end with an 'i'.
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level 54
Nov 14, 2012
I hate myself for missing Fermi.
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level 25
Nov 14, 2012
Medici! agh!
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level 72
Nov 14, 2012
All those Vowels to end a Name Jeez
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level 32
Nov 14, 2012
In a recent Quiz you just stated that the quote to Macchiavelli is wrong. What now?
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level ∞
Nov 14, 2012
It was on the misquotes quiz because he never said those exact words. Nevertheless, it was the essence of his philosophy.
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level 17
Nov 14, 2012
Like i commented on that other quiz. Can i please have a source proving that
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level 32
Nov 15, 2012
I've read that he was often misunderstood... but it would be a big discussion, what his essence really was... for example, it is or was often believed that he was for autocracy, but in fact he saw this as a necessary evil before a state could grow into a republic. But okay, it's a quiz ;-)
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level ∞
Nov 15, 2012
@jamesjunkers Hard to prove a universal negative. But it should be easy for YOU to prove that he did say it.
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level 75
Apr 19, 2015
I've also read that Machiavelli did not mean for The Prince to be taken literally but don't know enough about the subject to say why.
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level 70
Jan 26, 2018
It seems to be fairly widely understood by scholars (if not the general public) that The Prince was meant as a takedown of the Medicis, i.e. thinly-veiled satire. Its contents were not consistent with what is otherwise known of Machievelli's views, and the Medicis sure made his life a living hell.
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level 29
Apr 22, 2014
Infatti non è Macchiavelli, ma Machiavelli
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level 49
Dec 4, 2012
Couldn't spell Galileo. Should have gotten Fermi. Years ago, I used to sub at Enrico Fermi High...
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level 40
Dec 22, 2012
Dang it... I must've tried every variation of Machiavelli except the right one. :(
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level 41
Dec 29, 2012
20. misd di medici and unbelievably caesar!
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level 74
Jan 5, 2013
Since he's known as "Lorenzo the Magnificent" you should accept "Lorenzo."
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level ∞
Jan 6, 2013
Okay. Lorenzo will work now.
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level 75
Jan 4, 2016
Thank you. While typing that I got Sophia Loren as a freebie.
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level 30
Aug 27, 2013
The quiz was pretty good, but I am going to be a little picky for a second. Caesar and Augustus are not Italians, they are Romans. That is a very big difference. The Roman empire just happened to be centralized in what is now Italy for a while. Over all though, good quiz, I barely got any of the more modern names.
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level 50
Feb 17, 2019
Yes but under this logic just a few are actually Italians: Galilei was from HRE, Vivaldi and Polo were from the Republic of Venice, etc.
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level 66
Oct 23, 2013
easy...
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level 59
Apr 19, 2015
You misspelled "fascist" as "facist". Also, the first king of Italy was Odoacer, almost 1400 years before the person mentioned in the quiz. Odoacer was Germanic, so yes, the first king of Italy wasn't Italian. I think the question should be replaced.
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level 77
Apr 19, 2015
I'm afraid you're right, there were many "kings of Italy" (or Rex Italiae in latin) between the 5th et the 16th century. However, since this refers to the unification of Italy in the 19th century, I suggest to say "First king of modern Italy" or "First king of unified Italy", something like that.
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level ∞
Apr 20, 2015
Okay, I added "modern" to the clue.
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level 75
Apr 19, 2015
Isn't Versace at least as famous as Armani? Also, both Augustus and Julius were Caesar.
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level 52
Apr 19, 2015
I think that also italian names should be accepted: Colombo for Columbus, Raffaello for Raphael, Vittorio Emanuele for Victor Emanuel
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level ∞
Apr 20, 2015
Okay
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level 60
Apr 20, 2015
You accept Italian original names, but you don't accept Vittorio Emanuele. Why???
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level 70
Apr 20, 2015
You couldn't add Donatello and complete the Ninja Turtles cycle?
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level 43
Apr 22, 2015
So let me get this straight: you include Roberto Benigni but neglect Fellini, Antonioni, Visconti, De Sica, Rossellini, Olmi, Pontecorvo, Tornatore and Leone. One of the greatest film countries in the world represented by... Roberto Benigni. Okay.
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level 49
Nov 11, 2016
I got Benigni, but would only get Fellini from that list.
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level 78
Apr 5, 2017
An Oscar win does wonders for your reputation and name recognition.
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level 78
Mar 30, 2017
I remembered the Seinfeld episode involving the LEAST famous of the 3 tenors, and how nobody could remember who it was...
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level 41
Nov 4, 2017
I'm pretty sure that Amerigo Vespucci was not a map maker but rather his friend who named the land ,that Vespucci had a wrongfully claimed, "America." in fact Amerigo had never really been to the New World he only wrote fantastic fiction about what he found there. Basically the americas were named after a liar. History cracks me up!
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level 49
Mar 7, 2018
If you find a way to include a Donatello (or Donatella, such as Versace) - you would have the namesake of all TMNT on this quiz.