Sicily is the largest region in Italy with a population of over five million and has contributed many famous names to all walks of life. Geographically, it is the largest and most populated island in the Mediterranean sea.

Regardless of ethnicity or emigration, the list includes famous natives of Sicily and its predecessor states, people of Sicilian heritage and descent as well as who were born elsewhere but spent most of their active life in Sicily. The Sicilian-Americans have a specific list.

Religious figures

Philosophers and scientists

Writers and journalists

Ettore Majorana, theoretical physicist who worked on neutrino masses; the Majorana equation and Majorana fermions are named after him.

Rulers, monarchs and warriors

Politicians, civil servants and military personnel

Luigi Pirandello, dramatist, novelist and poet; he was awarded the 1934 Nobel Prize in Literature for "his almost magical power to turn psychological analysis into good theatre."

Painters, sculptors and architects

The Siculo-Norman Roger II, first king of Sicily. Crowned in the Palermo Cathedral in 1130, he founded a kingdom lasted 686 years.


Actors, directors and producers

Sergio Mattarella politician, judge and current President of Italy.

Sports figures

Antonello da Messina, painter from Messina, active during the Italian Renaissance; Giorgio Vasari credited him with the introduction of oil painting into Italy.


Vincenzo Bellini, opera composer who was known for his long-flowing melodic lines for which he was named "the Swan of Catania"; some of his works such as La sonnambula, made him one of the most famous composers of his time in Italy and Europe.