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  1. Which leading 19th century Italian composer composed the operas Rigoletto, and Aida?
  2. Name the inventor of the radio who was also known as the father of the wireless communication?/li>
  3. Born in Faenza, Italy, in 1608, who is best known as the inventor of the barometer?
  4. Which Italian operatic tenor became a household name when his rendition "Nessun dorma" was the theme song of BBC's coverage of the 1990 FIFA World Cup?
  5. One of Sophia Loren's best-known films was which 1961 epic with Charlton Heston?

  6. A spacecraft bearing which famous Italian's name was the first to study Jupiter's planet and its moons in 1995?
  7. On 1 February 2018, which Italian actress from the Golden Age of Hollywood received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?
  8. Which Italian who contributed to the creation of the Kingdom of Italy has a biscuit named after him?
  9. Which London building was designed by architect Renzo Pianoin 2012?
  10. Leonardo da Vinci was born in the middle of which century?
  11. Which Italian Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, winner of 15 World Championship titles, was nicknamed Ago?
  12. Bartolomeo Cristofori di Francesco is famous as the inventor of what musical instrument?
  13. Gianni Versace founded the fashion company Versace; what's the first name of his sister, who is artistic director of Versace?
  14. Pietro Mennea once held the world record in which athletics event? (Hint: set in 1979, the record held for almost seventeen years)?
  15. Who is the oldest ever winner of the football World Cup? (Hint: He was captain of the Italy in 1982)
  16. Which Italian composed the 1829 opera William Tell?
  17. Which pioneer of red-carpet fashion has been acclaimed as the most successful ever Italian fashion designer?
  18. Who became Prime Minister of Italy in 1922?
  19. Which marble statue and masterpiece of Renaissance art, was created by Michelangelo between 1501 and 1504?
  20. Which Italian boxer, nicknamed the Ambling Alp, was world World Heavyweight Champion in the 1930s?
  21. Which Italian born singer and fashion model married the then president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, in 2008?
  22. Whose album Sacred Arias is the biggest selling classical album by any solo musician in history?
  23. Which Italian film director is credited as the creator of the Spaghetti Western genre?
  24. In 60 BC, Caesar, Crassus and which other Roman statesman and general formed the First Triumvirate, a political alliance that dominated Roman politics?
  25. Who is the most capped player in the history of Italian football with 176 caps?
  26. Which Italian media tycoon served as Prime Minister of Italy in four governments, the last time being in 2011?
  27. Which Italian navigator and explorer made a 1497 voyage to the coast of North America under the commission of England's Henry VII?
  28. Which Christian martyr and saint from Sicily, gave his name to the neurological disorder Sydenham's chorea?
  29. By what name do we know the Italian narrative poem by Dante Alighieri, completed in 1320, a year before his death?
  30. Which Italian jockey's most celebrated achievement was in 1996 by riding all seven winners on British Champions' Day at Ascot?
  31. Which Italian explorer made four trips across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492, 1493, 1498 and 1502?
  32. Which Italian family's support of the arts and humanities made Florence into the cradle of the Renaissance?
  33. Italian actress Isabella Rossellini is the daughter of Italian film director Roberto Rossellini and which actress?
  34. Which influential painter of the Baroque era is considered the leading Italian painter of the late 16th and early 17th centuries?
  35. Also known as Leonardo of Pisa, which Italian mathematician is considered to be "the most talented Western mathematician of the Middle Ages"?
  36. Which Italian composer's most renowned works include Tosca and Madama Butterfly?
  37. Sergio Parisse is an Italian legend in which sport?

Answers - famous Italians

  1. Giuseppe Verdi
  2. Guglielmo Marconi
  3. Evangelista Torricelli
  4. Luciano Pavarotti
  5. El Cid
  6. Galileo
  7. Gina Lollobrigida
  8. Garibaldi (Giuseppe Maria Garibaldi)
  9. The Shard
  10. 15th century (he lived from, 1452-1519)
  11. Giacomo Agostini
  12. Piano
  13. Donatella (Donatella Versace)
  14. 200-metres
  15. Dino Zoff
  16. Gioachino Rossini
  17. Giorgio Armani
  18. Benito Mussolini (1883-1945)
  19. David
  20. Primo Carnera
  21. Carla Bruni
  22. Andrea Bocelli
  23. Sergio Leone
  24. Pompey (Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus)
  25. Gianluigi Buffon
  26. Silvio Berlusconi
  27. John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto)
  28. Saint Vitus (Sydenham's chorea is better known as "Saint Vitus Dance")
  29. The Divine Comedy
  30. Frankie Dettori (Lanfranco "Frankie" Dettori)
  31. Christopher Columbus
  32. Medici
  33. Ingrid Bergman
  34. Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio)
  35. Fibonacci
  36. Giacomo Puccini
  37. Rugby