List of Italian inventions

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Italy has been the source of many significant inventions. The following inventions and discoveries were made by people that lived in the geographical region of Italy or were made by Italians.

An alphabetical list of Italian inventions[edit]








  • Galleon invented in the early 16th century by the Venetians and later spread to Iberian Peninsula.[28]
  • Giro






  • LARES (satellite) a satellite developed in Italy and launched in 2012.
  • Latin alphabet derived from the Greek alphabets became the foundation of many languages worldwide.
  • Lazaret (quarantine station) the first was founded by the Republic of Venice in 1403, on a small island in the Venetian lagoon.
  • Liposuction, medical procedure invented by Dr Giorgio Fischer in 1974.










  • Vespa On 23 April 1946, at 12 o'clock in the central office for inventions, models and makes of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce in Florence, Piaggio e C. S.p.A. took out a patent for a "motorcycle of a rational complexity of organs and elements combined with a frame with mudguards and a casing covering the whole mechanical part". This design became one of the most popular motoscooters worldwide and is still in production.
  • Vibram - Vitale Bramani is credited with inventing the first rubber lug soles for shoes in 1937
  • Vibram FiveFingers a type of shoe invented in 1999 by Robert Fliri.
  • Violin, four stringed, the name of the inventor is unknown, but the instrument appeared in renaissance Italy.


  • Watermark This medieval innovation was first introduced in Fabriano, Italy, in 1282.
  • Welfare The earliest form of welfare was the lex frumentaria instituted by the tribune Gaius Gracchus dating back to 122 B.C., a law that ordered Rome’s government to supply its citizens with allotments of cheaply priced grain.
  • Galileo Hydrostatic Weighing Scale it is a weight measuring device that uses hydraulic counterforce of a liquid, usually water or oil, to determine weight of an object under Archimedes' principle. Nowadays is mainly used in hydraulic types of weighbridges. Its functioning principles were first described by Galileo Galilei in 1586.


Other Significant Italian Innovations[edit]

Italian Military Innovations[edit]

Italian contributions to music[edit]

External links[edit]


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