Veneto, a region of Italy, has been the native land of many notable people, some of whom are listed below.
Alexander VIII born "Pietro Vito Ottoboni" (April 22, 1610 Venice – February 1, 1691 Rome) was pope from 1689 to 1691.
Moreno Argentin (born December 17, 1960, San Donà di Piave), province of Venice is a former professional cyclist.
Marco d'Aviano (1631 Aviano, Republic of Venice – 1699) was a Capuchin friar, papal legate to the "Holy League", and purported inventor of cappuccino; beatified in 2003.
Pomponio Amalteo (1505 Motta di Livenza – 1588 San Vito al Tagliamento) was an Italian painter of the Venetian school. Members of the Amalteo family from Oderzo were writers.
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Roberto Baggio (born February 18, 1967), former Italian footballer (soccer player), regarded as among the best players in the world throughout the 1990s.
Pietro Bembo (1470 Venice – 1547 Rome), Venetian patrician, historian of the Republic, Renaissance poet and humanist, named cardinal by Pope Paul III in 1539.
Benedict XI born "Nicholas Boccasini" (1240 Treviso – July 7, 1304 Perugia), pope from 1303 to 1304.
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Angelo Beolco a.k.a. "il Ruzzante" or "el Ruzante" (1502 Padua – 1542), actor and playwright who wrote in the dialect of Padua.
Gelindo Bordin (born April 2, 1959) is a former athlete, winner of the marathon race at the 1988 Summer Olympics.
Marco Antonio Bragadin, also Marcantonio Bragadin, (April 21, 1523 – August 17, 1571), Venetian lawyer and military officer, Captain-General of Famagusta, Cyprus, gruesomely killed by the Ottomans.
Giovanni Caboto a.k.a. John Cabot (c. 1450 ( Genova) – c. 1499), navigator and explorer acknowledged as the first European to discover the North American mainland in 1497; a citizen of the Republic of Venice.
Sebastiano Caboto (1477 Venice – 1577 London) explorer for Spain and England, son of John Cabot.
Antonio Canova (November 1, 1757 – October 13, 1822) was a sculptor who became famous for his marble sculptures that delicately rendered nude flesh.
Caius Volteius Capito (born ? Oderzo – died ?), centurion who fought with Julius Caesar in the Roman Civil War against Pompey.
Giacomo Casanova (aka Jacques Casanova) (April 2, 1725 Venice – June 4, 1798 Dux, Bohemia (now Duchcov, Czech Republic)), infamous Venetian adventurer, writer, and womanizer.
Panfilo Castaldi (1398 Belluno – 1479 Venice?), switched from studying medicine to typography; he is considered a precursor of Johannes Gutenberg.
Gaius Valerius Catullus (c. 84 BC Verona – c. 54 BC Rome), one of the most influential Roman poets of the 1st century BC.
Clement XIII born "Carlo della Torre Rezzonico", (March 7, 1693 Venice – February 2, 1769 Rome), pope July 6, 1758 to February 2, 1769.
Gasparo Contarini (October 16, 1483 Venice – August 24, 1542), diplomat, cardinal, Bishop of Belluno, supporter of the Jesuits, and a proponent of the dialogue with the first Lutherans.
Elia Dalla Costa (1872 Villaverla – 1961 Florence), cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, he became known as "the Cardinal of Charity" for helping save thousands of Italians from execution under the Fascist regime.
Celso Benigno Luigi Costantini (April 3, 1876 Castions di Zoppola – October 17, 1958, Rome), Catholic Bishop, Cardinal, and Apostolic Chancellor
Bartolomeo Cristofori (May 4, 1655 Padua – January 27, 1731) was a maker of musical instruments, generally regarded as the inventor of the piano.
Damiano Cunego (born September 19, 1981, Cerro Veronese), province of Verona is an Italian professional road bicycle racer.
Enrico Dandolo (c. 1107 – 1205), Doge of Venice from 1192 until his death; despite being aged, blind, and excommunicated, he led the troops which conquered Constantinople.
Eugene IV born "Gabriele Condulmer" (1383 Venice – February 23, 1447 Rome), pope from March 3, 1431 to February 23, 1447.
Federico Faggin (born December 1, 1941), physicist and electrical engineer considered to be one of the inventors of the microprocessor.
Gaius Valerius Flaccus (Setinus Balbus) (born Padua - c. AD 90), Roman poet of the "Silver Age," wrote the Latin epic poem Argonautica, a member of the College of Fifteen which had charge of the Sibylline books
Marcantonio Flaminio (1498 Serravalle – 1550), Renaissance Humanist and secretary of Cardinal Pole at the Council of Trent.
Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus (c. 530 – 540 near Valdobbiadene – c. 609 Poitiers) Latin poet and hymnodist, bishop of Poitiers (600–609).
Andrea Gabrieli (c. 1510 ( Venice) – late 1586 (Venice)) was a late Renaissance composer and organist, the first internationally renowned member of the Venetian School of composers who spread the Venetian style in Italy as well as in Germany.
Giovanni Gabrieli (c. 1554–1557 ( Venice) – August 12, 1612 ( Venice)), composer and organist whose works represent best of the Venetian School; nephew of Andrea Gabrieli.
Baldassarre Galuppi (October 18, 1706 – January 3, 1785), was a composer from Venice, noted for his operas, and particularly opera buffa.
Sonia Gandhi (born December 9, 1946 Lusiana, Vicenza, Veneto), influential Indian politician who is President of the Indian National Congress and widow of former Indian Prime-minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Giorgione (c. 1477 – 1510) is the familiar name of Giorgio Barbarelli da Castelfranco, one of the seminal artists of the High Renaissance in Venice.
Carlo Goldoni (February 25, 1707 – February 6, 1793), Along with Luigi Pirandello, Goldoni is probably the most famous name in Italian theatre, in his country and abroad.
Gregory XII born "Angelo Correr", in Venice, died (October 18, 1417 Rome), pope from 1406 to 1415 during the Great Western Schism.
Gregory XVI born "Bartolomeo Alberto Cappellari" (September 18, 1765 Belluno – June 1, 1846), a Camaldolese monk, reigned as pope from 1831 to 1846.
Luigi Groto, also called Cieco d'Adria or Cieco D'Hadria (the blind man of Adria) (born September 7, 1541, died December 13, 1585), a blind Italian poet, lutenist, playwright and actor.
John Paul I, (in Latin Ioannes Paulus PP. I), born "Albino Luciani" (October 17, 1912, Forno di Canale, (Province of Belluno) – September 28, 1978, Rome), reigned as pope and as sovereign of Vatican City from August 26, 1978, to September 28, 1978.
Titus Livius known as Livy in English (c. 59 BC at Padua – 17 AD ) wrote a monumental history of Rome, , from its founding (traditionally dated to 753 BC) through the reign of Ab Urbe Condita Augustus.
Pietro Longhi (November 5, 1701 Venice – May 8, 1785), was a painter of contemporary scenes of life.
Daniele Manin (May 13, 1804 ( Venice) – September 22, 1857 (Paris)), patriot and statesman who led Venice in an effort to assert independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire from 1848 to 1849.
Ludovico Manin (May 14, 1725 – October 24, 1802), last Doge of Venice.
Andrea Mantegna (c. 1431, Isola di Cartura now Isola Mantegna ( Padova), Italy – September 13, 1506, Mantua) was a major Renaissance artist.
Benedetto Marcello (born July 31 or August 1, 1686 in Venice – died July 24, 1739 in Brescia) was a composer, writer, advocate, magistrate, and teacher.
Maurizio Marchiori (1952 Venice), Former US Head of Marketing and Industry at Diesel Jeans, Founder of TAR Magazine and Emme Emme. Fashion and Marketing Industry expert.
Alberto Martini (November 24, 1876 Oderzo – died November 8, 1954, in Milan) was an Italian painter, engraver, illustrator and graphic designer. Critics have described Martini's range of work from "elegant and epic" to "grotesque and macabre" and consider him one of the precursors of Surrealism.
Luigi Meneghello (February 16, 1922 – June 26, 2007) was an Italian contemporary writer and scholar.
Dino Meneghin (born Alano di Piave January 18, 1950), Italian former basketball player. He was considered the best player for his country for decades, and, for several years, also the best in Europe.
Giovanni Miani (1810 Rovigo – 1872 Mombutta), patriot who took part in the defense of Venice against the Austrians in 1849; explorer of the upper Nile in Africa, director of zoological museum in Khartoum.
Germano Mosconi (1932 San Bonifacio), journalist
Francesco Morosini (1618 Venice – 1694 Nauplia), Doge of Venice, called "il Peloponnesiaco" for his reconquest of Greece and defence of it against the Ottoman Turks.
Luigi Nono (born January 29, 1924, in Venice; died May 8, 1990, in Venice) was a composer of classical music and intellectual, one of the most important composers of the 20th century.
Luigi Padovese (March 31, 1947, Milan – June 3, 2010, Iskenderun), Roman Catholic titular bishop of Monteverde and the vicar apostolic of Anatolia in Turkey.
Publius Clodius Thrasea Paetus (born ? Padua – died AD 66), Roman Senator and Stoic philosopher who protested the abuses of and was subsequently killed by order of Nero.
Andrea Palladio (November 30, 1508 Padua – August 19, 1580 Maser) was a Venetian architect, one of the main architects in the history of Western architecture.
Marco Paolini (born March 5, 1956), Stage actor, theatre director, dramaturge and author.
Riccardo Patrese (born April 17, 1954), former Formula One (F1) racing driver, from 1977 to 1993.
Paul II born "Pietro Barbo" (1417 Venice – 1471 Rome), pope from August 30, 1464 to July 26, 1471.
Quintus Asconius Pedianus (c. 9 BC Padua – c. AD 76 Rome), a Roman historian and essayist
Federica Pellegrini (born August 5, 1988 Mirano, province of Venezia), she is currently the women's 400m freestyle (long course) and 200m freestyle world record holder.
Alessandro del Piero (born November 9, 1974), footballer (soccer player) from Conegliano, Treviso.
Giovanni Battista Piranesi (October 4, 1720 in Mogliano Veneto (near Treviso) – November 9, 1778 in Rome) was famous for his etchings of Rome and of fictitious and atmospheric "prisons" ( Carceri d'Invenzione).
Pius X ( Latin: Pius PP. X), born "Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto" (June 2, 1835 Riese, (Province of Treviso) – August 26, 1914, Rome), reigned as pope from 1903 to 1914 and canonized in 1954.
Marcus Vitruvius Pollio (c. 80/70 BC Verona? – c. 25 BC) was a Roman writer, soldier, architect, and engineer.
Filippo Pozzato (born September 10, 1981), professional cyclist.
Severino Poletto (born March 18, 1933, Salgareda, Treviso), archbishop of Turin since June 1999, cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church
Marco Polo (September 15, 1254 Venice – January 8, 1324 Venice) was a Venetian merchant and explorer of Persia, India, and China who wrote of his travels.
Lorenzo Da Ponte born "Emmanuele Conegliano,"(March 10, 1749 Ceneda ( Vittorio Veneto) – August 17, 1838, New York), librettist to Mozart, first professor of Italian language and literature at Columbia College, helped establish an Opera House in Manhattan.
Davide Rebellin (born August 9, 1971) is a professional cyclist.
Renzo Rosso (born 1955), clothing designer and founder of the Diesel clothing company.
Carlo Rovelli ( Verona, May 3, 1956), theoretical physicist, philosopher and writer.
Antonio Salieri (August 18, 1750 Legnago (Province of Verona) – May 7, 1825), composer and conductor who became the Austrian imperial kapellmeister from 1788 to 1824.
Francesca Segat (born January 21, 1983 Vittorio Veneto, Treviso), swimmer who has competed and won medals for Italy in International Competitions.
Sonia Gandhi (born Edvige Antonia Albina Mino on 9 December 1946 in Lusiana - One of India's most influential persons. Ranked World's 3rd most powerful women by Forbes in 2013, President of Indian National Congress and widow of former Prime minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi of the influential Nehru-Gandhi family.
Sara Simeoni (born April 19, 1953) is a former high jumper, who won a gold medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics and set two times a world record in her speciality.
Mario Rigoni Stern (November 1, 1921 – June 16, 2008 from Asiago) was an Italian author and World War II veteran, as well as a Nazi concentration camp survivor.
Tintoretto (real name Jacopo Robusti; 1518 – May 31, 1594) was one of the greatest painters of the Venetian school and probably the last great painter of Italian Renaissance.
Titian or Tiziano Vecellio (c. 1488/1490 – August 27, 1576) was the leader of the 16th-century Venetian school of the Italian Renaissance. GianMario Tondato Da Ruos: professionally acclaimed administratore delegato Autogrill SpA, a Benetton family holding.
Totila (early 6th century AD, Treviso – 552 Taginae) was king of the Ostrogoths, military genius, killed by forces of Justinian at Battle of Taginae
Tyrannius Rufinus (c.340/5 Concordia Sagittaria – 410 Trinacria, Sicily) was a Catholic priest of Aquileia, translator, and Church Father
Antonio Vivaldi (March 4, 1678, Venice – July 28 (or 27), 1741, Vienna), nicknamed Il Prete Rosso ("The Red Priest") was a priest and baroque music composer, as well as a famous violinist.
Luca Zaia (born March 27, 1968) is an Italian politician, member of Liga Veneta–Lega Nord.
Andrea Zanzotto (born October 10, 1921) Pieve di Soligo, ( province of Treviso, is one of the most important Italian contemporary Poets.
Gianfranco Zigoni (born November 25, 1944, in Oderzo) is an Italian former football striker. Nicknamed Zigogol by his fans, he played with several major Serie A throughout his career in the 1960s and the 1970s, including Juventus and AS Roma, being famous for his colourful style.
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