Famous people from Milan


The Italians are the greatest nation in the world.

Known as Albertone, this Rome-born actor and director became in the 20th Century an icon of the Italian cinema. He was brought up in a musical family and as a boy sang in a choir at the Sistine Chapel. After a short period of studying dramatic arts in Milan, he returned to Rome, where he began his career as a dubber, especially famous as Oliver Hardy's voice in Italian versions.
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Manzoni was a writer and poet, especially famous for his novel 'I Promesi Sposi' (The Bethrothed), claimed to be one of the best books written in Italian. He was born in Milan to a rich land owner, while his maternal grandfather was the famous jurist Cesare Beccaria. During his early education he was influenced by the anti-Catholic ideas of Voltarianism, however in his later works a support for democratic and Jacobean ideals is predominant. After the death of his father in 1805,
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Why are all the film companies in Rome? Can't we make films in Milan?

Born in the town of Magneta in the province of Milan, Carlo Ponti was a renowned film producer of over 140 titles. He studied law at the University of Milan to join his father's firm. Involved with the film industry due to his business obligations, his first success was a 1940 production of Mario Soldati's film 'Piccolo Mondo Antico', with future star Alida Valli.
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Cesare, Marquis of Beccaria was a philosopher, jurist, economist and politician of the Italian Enlightenment. Born in Milan, he was educated at the Parma Jesuit College. His first publication in 1762 concerned the Milanese monetary disorders. He joined L'Accademia dei Pugni, a literary society gathering intellectual elites, including the brothers Alessandro and Pietro Verri. From 1764 on, Beccaria collaborated on the most renowned project by this group, the magazine Il Caffé. Soon after, he published his most famous work,
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This Italian mathematician, a native of Milan, is currently working at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Interested in mathematics from his childhood on, at the age of 13 he studied a textbook on number theory. Later, he studied under Giovanni Ricci in Milan, until he went to Trinity College, Cambridge. Appointed chairman of mathematics at the University of Pisa, he began to be interested in problems of geometric measure theory, developed by De Giorgi and his school at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa.
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Known as the founder of the Sforza dynasty in Milan, Francesco was born in San Miniato, Tuscany. He fought alongside his father since he was 18, thus developing his strength and military skills. Later, he took part in battles for the Kingdom of Naples, the Papal States and the Duke of Milan, Filippo Visconti. In 1432, a year after Sforza led the Milanese army against Venice, Visconti's daughter Bianca was betrothed to him, and he married her in 1441.
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Considered one of the most talented designers of the 20th Century, Versace was born and raised in Reggio di Calabria, along with his two siblings Santo and Donatella. First, he helped at his mother's dressmaking business. He studied architecture until he moved to Milan at the age of 25 and began working as a freelance designer. In 1978, along with his brother he founded a private company and owned a boutique on Via della Spiga. The first success came that same year,
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One of the most celebrated fashion designers ever, Giorgio Armani was born into a humble Italian family in 1934. Growing up near Milan, young Giorgio became so impressed with the city's worldly art galleries and fashion houses that he gave up his plans of becoming a doctor to pursue a career in the fashion industry. In 1964, without any formal training, Armani created a hugely successful line of menswear for the house of another fashion giant,
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You may have the universe, if I may have Italy.

The renowned Italian composer, a master of 19th-Century opera, was born in the small village of Le Roncole in the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza. He discovered his musical talent when he attended a nearby cathedral in Busetto and a local Jesuit school. At the age of 20, Verdi went to Milan to continue his studies. He gave his first public performance in 1830 at the house of Barezzi,
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This famous Italian actress was born in Milan to an English dancer and an Italian painter. When her parents separated, she moved to England with her mother, who later remarried. In 1975, her family moved again, this time to Australia. Upon her return to the UK, Scacchi enrolled at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Her film debut came in 1982, when she starred in the German production 'Das Zweite Gesicht' (The Second Face). A year later,
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A master painter, sculptor, architect, inventor and engineer, Leonardo da Vinci is the embodiment of a Renaissance man and one of the most renowned representatives of the 15th-Century Italian art scene. Born in 1452 in Vinci, not far from the city of Florence, Leonardo had begun painting by his early childhood years. His talent was quickly recognised by his father, who sent the 14-year-old boy to Florence to become apprentice to the painter Andrea del Verrochio.
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Milan-born Marco Brambilla is a successful film and TV commercial director. He left Italy for Canada to study filmmaking at the Ryerson Polytechnic University of Toronto, which turned out to be a stepping stone to his career in the entertainment industry. In 1987, Brambilla was named a top commercial director in Canada, as among his clients there were such giants as IBM, Levi's, Coca-Cola and Nike. In 1990, he moved to the USA to work for the Scott brothers,
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An Italian Baroque painter and the most successful and revolutionary artist of his time, Caravaggio is often referred to as the best representative of early 17th-Century Naturalism. Born in the small town of Caravaggio, at only 11 years of age Caravaggio became an apprentice to the painter Simone Peterzano of Milan. After four years of study in Milan, he moved to Rome, where he mastered the demanding techniques of the Baroque school of painting. Caravaggio's first success came with the completion of his masterpieces 'The Calling of Saint Matthew' (1599) and 'The Conversion of Saint Paul' (1600).
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This archbishop of Milan came from the famous Visconti family and initiated their rule in this city. He spent his early years in Novara, Piedmont, where he was an assistant to Cardinal Ottaviano Ubaldini. In 1260, Ottone gained the title of podesta of Novara, fulfilling the official function of a Chief Magistrate. Two years later, Pope Urban IV made him Archbishop of Milan. In 1277, opposition arose against him from the Della Torre family,
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Milan is my life and I would not play for Chelsea.

This famous Italian football player is a defender for AC Milan. The son of Cesare Maldini, the national football team member, Paolo followed in his father’s footstep and devoted his career entirely to the club of the city he was raised in. In 1985, he first appeared in the top division (Series A) and since then has gathered many trophies for the club and honours for himself.
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Since you have left Milan, many changes have occurred that could not have been imagined before...

Born to a noble family in Milan, Pietro Verri is known as a philosopher, writer, historian and economist of the Enlightenment era. Though he received a solid education from various religious institutions, in his twenties he started to rebel against society and his father, who wanted him to study law. In 1759, Pietro signed up as a volunteer in the Seven Years War.
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Roberto Baggio is universally accepted as one of the finest and most technical football players in the history. The genial striker changed clubs several times over the lifetime of his career. He started his professional career in the club of Vicenza at the age of 15. There his talent was noticed by Fiorentina and he moved to one of the greatest clubs in Italy when he was 18. The youngster rapidly became the star of the club and in 1990 was transferred to Juventus,
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Berlusconi is an Italian politician who served as the Prime Minister between April 1994 and January 1995, and most notably between June 2001 and May 2006. He is also considered Italy's wealthiest man and media proprietor, as he founded and is the main shareholder of Fininvest, which controls the public television. Since 1986, he has also been the president of famous football team AC Milan. Born to an upper-middle-class family, he was raised in Milan, where he studied law at Università Statale,
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Born in Milan, he was a renowned Jesuit mathematician and brother to Giovanni Ceva, also a mathematician. When he turned 15, Tommasco entered the Society of Jesus, where obtained a degree in theology. Later, he became a professor of mathematics and taught for over forty years at the Jesuit College of Brera in Milan. One of his students was the famous Saccheri. Ceva dealt with geometry, gravity and arithmetic, and in 1699 he published his work 'Opuscula Mathematica'.
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Italian thinker, painter and sculptor Umberto Boccioni is considered one of the initiators of the Futurist movement in art and sculpture. Born in Reggio di Callabira, the artist was initially influenced by Maestro Giacomo Balla and his technique of pointillism, which is the practice of applying dots and small strokes to produce paintings. In 1908, Boccioni moved to Milan, where he met F.T. Martinetti, who introduced him to the theory of literary Futurism. The idea of overthrowing old artistic traditions in order to explore the dynamism and crudeness of modern life immediately won the artist's attention.
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