The ancient history of Italy is blessed with various significant characters. Even the western world also appreciates the famous Italians and their personalities. Whether its art, politics, music, literature, or fashion, Italians are always on the top of the list. In this article, we’ll discuss the top famous Italian personalities which you probably don’t know about. If you are curious to learn more about Italy, then keep reading this article till the end.
The first comes in our list is Julius Caesar, Emperor with a courageous nature. He was a superior military leader and politician. Julius came into his world in 100AD and left everyone crying behind in 44AD. He was a genius and sensible guy when it comes to politics. Julius wisely ruled the Roman legions. As a significant leader, he always worked for the benefit of the Roman empire. The Julian calendar, which was founded by Caesar was the foundation of the Gregorian calendar. His adopted son, Octavian, became his successor and formed the Roman Republic government. Octavian was also similar to his father when it comes to leadership.
Every empire has to face unfortunate circumstances and dark days. The leaders always work hard to maintain peace in their empire and get rid of dark days. Benito Mussolini was the savior of Italy during the dark days. The savior was born in 1883 and left the world in 1945. He was a significant Italian leader and a well-skilled journalist. In 1922, he became the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Interior. Even in 1921, he formed his own party known as National Fascist Party. In 1936, he signed an agreement that states that the Italian army would join Nazi Germany during the Second World War.
Marco Polo was born in 1254 and died in 1324 in Venice. He was the ambassador of Emperor, Yuan Dynasty Kublai Khan. He was the first Italian to explore Asian countries and European countries. Later, he became a secret messenger for Iran, China, and Russia. The ‘Le Livre de Merveilles’ book was totally based on Polo which is not written by him. A prisoner who was living with Polo listened to all his stories and wrote this famous book.
We cannot forget the European explorer, Columbus, who was famous for his voyages. But hardly anyone knows that he was actually an Italian. He was born in Genoa, Italy and later died in Spain. He was the first explorer to cross the Atlantic, and everyone appreciated his work. Apart from all this, he was the first one to discover America in 1492. He played a very significant role in the 15th and 16th centuries. But later, he started trading and selling Caribbeans in European countries as slaves. You might be not knowing the darker side of Christopher Columbus.