Famous people from italy

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Famous people from italy

  1. 1. MARCO POLO  He was a great explorer and jounalist.  He was born in 1254, in Venice, Italy to a wealthy merchant family.  He travelled with his family from Europe to Asia from 1271 to 1295. He remained in China for 17 years. There, he met the famous Mongol leader Kublai Khan.  He wrote the book “The Travels of Marco Polo” where he describes his travels and experiences.
  2. 2. Christopher Columbus  He was a great explorer and navigator born in 1451 in Genoa, Italy. He died in 1506 in Spain.  His first voyage into the Atlantic Ocean at the age of 25 nearly cost him his life. His ship was attacked and burned.  In 1492 Columbus left Spain in the Santa Maria, sailed west, crossed the Atlantic and discovered America.
  3. 3. Michelangelo  He was an architect, a painter, a sculptor and a poet.  He was born in 1475, in Caprese, Italy. He lived most of his life in Rome where he died in 1564.  He had a remarkable career as an artist in the Italian Renaissance.  His works include the “David” and “Pieta” statues and the ceiling paintings of Rome’s Sistine Chapel, including the “Last Judgment”.
  4. 4. Leonardo da Vinci  He was a mathematician, artist, inventor, musician and writer!  He was born in 1452 in Vinci, Italy and died in Amboise, France.  He was concerned with the laws of science and nature and his ideas and work have influenced many artists.  Some of his works are: “Virgin of the Rocks”, “The Last Supper”, “Leda and the Swan”, “Mona Lisa”, etc.
  5. 5. Enzo Ferrari  He was a motor racing driver and the founder of the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team.  He was born in Modena, Italy in 1898 and died in 1988.  At the age of 10 he decided to be a racing driver and participated in many car races in his life. He started his career with Alfa Romeo.
  6. 6. Roberto Benigni  He is an actor and a writer, born in Tuscany, Italy , in 1952.  He is well known for the films “La vie est belle”, “La tigre e la neve” and “Pinocchio”.  He is the first actor to win a Best Actor Oscar for a nonEnglish speaking role.  He has become one of the opponents to Silvio Berlusconi’s government and policy in Italy.
  7. 7. Giorgio Armani  He is a famous fashion designer and formed his company “Armani”.  He was born in Piacenza, in 1934 and at first he wanted to be a doctor but he gave up and started a career as a designer.  He has designed many stage outfits for superstars and the costumes for more than 100 films.  He is interested in sports and  an Inter Milan fan.
  8. 8. Monica Belluci  She is a very beautiful actress born in 1964 in Citta di Castello, Umbria.  She attended the University of Perugia to be a lawyer and at the same time he worked as a model to earn money.  She is best known for her roles in the “Matrix Reloaded’ and “The Passion of the Christ”.  She is married to the French actor Vincent Cassel and they have two daughters,
  9. 9. Valentino Rossi  He is a professional motorcycle racer born in Urbino, Morche, in 1979.  His father was a motorcycle racer, too and has helped him a lot with his career.  He has nine Grand Prix World Championships.  He started with Aprilia, then moved to Honda, after that moved to Yamaha, Then to Ducati and now he has rejoined Yamaha.
  10. 10. Domeniko Dolce Stefano Gabbana  They are fashion designers.  They founded the luxury industry fashion “Dolce+Gabbana” in 1982 and in 1985 they presented their first women’s collection in Milan.  Their products are: clothing, footwear, handbags, sunglasses, watches, jewellery, perfumes and cosmetics.
  11. 11. Ferruccio Lamborghini  He was born in 1916 near Modena.  He liked engines from an early age.  First, he set up a small car and motorcycle repair shop. Then he built tractors, heaters and air conditioning units.  He was a successful businessman.  At last he decided to build cars and his first car was ready in 1963 and was a great success.
  12. 12. “Euro friends” By the Greek etwinning team 21st Junior High School of Athens

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