Top 20 Explorer celebrities in Italy
Here is the latest list of the world's top 20 Explorer celebrities [Updated March 3, 2021].
Christopher Columbus was born
on October 31, 1451
in Genoa, Italy.
Although he was not the first European explorer to reach the Americas, his voyage initiated Spain's colonization on October 12, 1492.
Amerigo Vespucci was born
on March 9, 1454
in Florence, Italy.
His voyages led to the discovery of Brazil and Portugal and claiming it by the Treaty of Tordesillas.
Alessandro Malaspina was born
on November 5, 1754
After his circumnavigation of the globe, he sailed on a five year expedition to explore the west coast of Alaska.
Marco Polo was born
on September 15, 1254
in Venice, Italy.
Thirteenth-century explorer and namesake of the swimming pool game. He was the first European to keep a detailed journal of his experiences in China, and his writings became points of inspiration of Christopher Columbus.
Without his book, II Milione, early Europeans would have known little about Central Asia or China.
Matteo Ricci was born
on October 6, 1552
He used a lot of the Confucian principles held by the Chinese to explain Christianity to them.
Romolo Gessi was born
on April 30, 1831
He spent time in the British territory of Sudan, where he explored the interior of the land and helped squash revolts.
Teoberto Maler was born
on January 12, 1842
He wasn't the first to reach the ruins at Palenque, but he did make a more comprehensive account of them.
Umberto Nobile was born
on January 21, 1885
He ran for the Constituent Assembly as an independent candidate in the lists of the Italian Communist Party.