Famous people throughout Italian history

The Renaissance Pope who remade the Roman street plan


Founded the dynasty's fortunes by expanding his father Giovanni di Bicci's financial empire to become personal banker to various European kings and, crucially, the papal curia in Rome while also making himself an indispensable advisor to the city council. Nicknamed "Father of his Country."

"Hanging and burning of Girolamo Savonarola in Piazza della Signoria in Florence in 1498" (1650) by an Anonymous artist (Photo Public Domain)
Bonfire of the Vanities
Florence: Centro Storico

Fra' Girolamo Savonarola was a firebrand preacher, the "Mad Monk" who briefly turned Florence into a theocracy and church-run police state and who started the original "bonfire of the vanities"

The Artist in his Studio (c. 1730/35), by François Boucher in the Louvre, Paris

The greatest artists represented in Italian museums, palaces, and other sights


The medieval poet and writer whose "Divine Comedy" helped codify the modern Italian language