List of people from Sicily

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Sicily is the largest region in Italy with a population of over five million and has contributed many famous names to all walks of life. Geographically, it is the largest and most populated island in the Mediterranean sea.

Religious figures[edit]

Philosophers and scientists[edit]

Ettore Majorana, theoretical physicist who worked on neutrino masses; the Majorana equation and Majorana fermions are named after him.

Writers and journalists[edit]

Luigi Pirandello, dramatist, novelist and poet; he was awarded the 1934 Nobel Prize in Literature for "his almost magical power to turn psychological analysis into good theatre."

Rulers, kings and warriors[edit]

The Siculo-Norman Roger II, first king of Sicily. Crowned in the Palermo Cathedral in 1130, he founded a kingdom lasted 686 years.

Politicians and civil servants[edit]

Sergio Mattarella politician, judge and current President of Italy.

Painters, sculptors and architects[edit]

Antonello da Messina, painter from Messina, active during the Italian Renaissance; Giorgio Vasari credited him with the introduction of oil painting into Italy.


Vincenzo Bellini, opera composer who was known for his long-flowing melodic lines for which he was named "the Swan of Catania"; some of his works such as La sonnambula, made him one of the most famous composers of his time in Italy and Europe.

Actors, directors and producers[edit]

Maria Grazia Cucinotta, actress who has featured in many films and television series since 1990, and internationally known for her role in the Italian film Il Postino.

Sports figures[edit]


Miriam Leone, television personality and beauty pageant titleholder who won the Miss Italia 2008 beauty contest.

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