Famous Calabrians

Some of the Famous Calabrians you may know


Calabria, besides being famous for its touristic qualities, also has to its credit a number of famous people. Using their celebrity status as a medium or by their sincere efforts in various fields such as arts, nature, science or charity, there have been several people who have earned their name in Calabrian reputation.


Gianni Versace
Who doesn’t know this famous name of the fashion world. A legendary figure in his field, he was born on December 2, 1946 in the province of Reggio Calabria

Steven Tyler- Anyone with minimal knowledge of music will recognize the name of Steven Tyler, the lead singer of Aerosmith. Christened Steven Tallarico, his grandfather was born and raised in Nicotera, Calabria. Music ran in the blood of this family and so it is without doubt that Steven Tyler followed suit.

Speziali Maurizio was born near Badolato, in the province of Reggio Calabria. He has the distinction of being the former Director of the Bank of Italy. Previously Italian currency carries two signatures on its paper money, one of the Treasury Secretary and the other from the Director of the Central Bank.

Scalfaro Oscar Luigi, is famous as the former President of Italy. His entire family hails from Lamezia Terme.

Giovanni Marzianothe internationally well known fresco maestrowasborn inCatanzaro.

Prof. Franco Crucitti is the head of surgery at the Ospedale Gemell in Rome. He has had the honor of operating on the Pope three times till date. He was born in Reggio Calabria.


Giovanni Paolo Parisio (1470-1522)
Giovan Paolo Parisio who hails from Cosenza is viewed as an enlightened humanist and a wonderful critic of his age. He was known as “Parrisio” and along with Telesio, was the founder and animator of the Academy of Cosenza. His ideas have been condensed into epistles that are now a collection called “De Rebus per Epistulam Quaesitis”.

Bernardino Telesio (1509 – 1588)
Also from Cosenza, Bernardino was one of the widely known proponents of Renaissance largely famous for naturalistic current. He studied nature by surpassing traditional Aristotelian schemes.

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