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Andrea Camilleri (b. 1925) is the "father" of the one of Italian literature's most popular figures, the Sicilian inspector Montalbano. Camilleri's books have been sold in about 30 million copies and the Montalbano series has been translated and sold in 35 different countries.
Dario Fo (b. 1926) is a playwright, actor, director, writer, author, illustrator, painter, designer and activist. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997. I shot this sequence of photos during a press conference at Rome's International Press Center.
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Dario Fo (b. 1926) is a playwright, actor, director, writer, author, illustrator, painter, designer and activist. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997. I shot this sequence of photos during a press conference at Rome's International Press Center.
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Nanni Moretti (b. 1953) is one of Italy's most successful film directors. He has won several international prizes at international film festivals. Titles such as Caro Diario (no English titel), Aprile (April), La Stanza del Figlio (The Son's Room), Habemus Papam (We have a Pope) and Mia Madre (My Mother) are among his most famous films.
Ezio Mauro, editor-in-chief of Italy's biggest daily, la Repubblica
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Ezio Mauro, editor-in-chief of Italy's biggest daily, la Repubblica
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Vincenzo Nibali - Italian bicycle star. Winner of la Vuelta in 2010, Giro d'Italia in 2013 and Tour de France in 2014
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Carlo Cignozzi, originally a lawyer from Milan, is now producing a praised Brunello di Montalcino using a highly unconventional method: playing Mozart 24 hours a day to his vines. The music is coming from 85 Bose loudspeakers spread all over his wine fields.
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Pina Amarelli, one of Italy's most successful business women - jokingly called "Lady Liquirizia" by the Italian press, - has been at the helm of Italy's biggest licorice producing company, Liquirizia Amarelli, for the last three decades. The company was founded in 1731.
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Darinka Montico - in Marche 2014 she started to walk (yes, walk!) from Palermo in Sicily to Baveno in Piemonte.
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Sandro Giordano - actor and photographer, and author to the highly creative photo project "In Extremis - bodies with no regret".
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Gianfranco Fino - his redwine "Es" has become one of Italy's absolute top wines in recent years. The wine, from Puglia, is made 100% of primitivo grapes.
Giovanni and Nadia Santini, Dal Pescatore Restaurant (three Michelin stars). In 2013 Nadia Santini was elected "Best Female Chef in the World", by the San Pellegrino list "World's 50 Best Restaurants"
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Giovanni and Nadia Santini, Dal Pescatore Restaurant (three Michelin stars). In 2013 Nadia Santini was elected "Best Female Chef in the World", by the San Pellegrino list "World's 50 Best Restaurants"
Cesare Prandelli, former coach for the Italian national football team
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Cesare Prandelli, former coach for the Italian national football team
Sandro Veronesi, writer
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Sandro Veronesi, writer
Pietro Masturzo, photographer
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Pietro Masturzo, photographer
Nicolò Incisa della Rocchetta, Tenuta San Guido Winery, founder of the famous Sassicaia wine
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Nicolò Incisa della Rocchetta, Tenuta San Guido Winery, founder of the famous Sassicaia wine
Massimo Bottura, chef at the three Michelin star Osteria Francescana, Modena. Voted Italy's best chef 2013
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Massimo Bottura, chef at the three Michelin star Osteria Francescana, Modena. Voted Italy's best chef 2013
Marco Viola, producer of one of Italy's best olive oils
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Marco Viola, producer of one of Italy's best olive oils
Ludovico Einaudi, musician and composer
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Ludovico Einaudi, musician and composer
Ludovico Einaudi, musician and composer
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Ludovico Einaudi, musician and composer
Letizia Battaglia, photographer
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Letizia Battaglia, photographer
Leoluca Orlando, mayor of Palermo
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Leoluca Orlando, mayor of Palermo
Heinz Beck (left) and Emilio Pucci. Beck is at the helm of La Pergola in Rome (3 Michelin stars) and regarded among the three best chefs in Italy
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Heinz Beck (left) and Emilio Pucci. Beck is at the helm of La Pergola in Rome (3 Michelin stars) and regarded among the three best chefs in Italy
Gualtiero Marchesi, chef and the inventor of the modern cuisine in Italy
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Gualtiero Marchesi, chef and the inventor of the modern cuisine in Italy
Cristina Bowerman, chef at the Glass Restaurant in Rome, one Michelin star
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Cristina Bowerman, chef at the Glass Restaurant in Rome, one Michelin star
Carlo Petrini, founder of the Slow Food organization
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Carlo Petrini, founder of the Slow Food organization
Antonio Rallo, Donna Fugata Winery, Pantelleria
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Antonio Rallo, Donna Fugata Winery, Pantelleria
Antonello Colonna, Open Colonna Restaurant, Rome - one Michelin star
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Antonello Colonna, Open Colonna Restaurant, Rome - one Michelin star
Antonello Colonna, Open Colonna Restaurant, Rome - one Michelin star
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Antonello Colonna, Open Colonna Restaurant, Rome - one Michelin star
Annie Feolde, chef at Enoteca Pinchiorri, Firenze - three Michelin stars
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Annie Feolde, chef at Enoteca Pinchiorri, Firenze - three Michelin stars

Italian cultural personalities

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