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FENCERS from Italy

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This page contains a list of the greatest Italian Fencers. The pantheon dataset contains 174 Fencers, 35 of which were born in Italy. This makes Italy the birth place of the 2nd most number of Fencers.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Italian Fencers of all time. This list of famous Italian Fencers is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Italian Fencers.

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1. Nedo Nadi (1894 - 1940)

With an HPI of 53.91, Nedo Nadi is the most famous Italian Fencer.  His biography has been translated into 29 different languages on wikipedia.

Nedo Nadi (9 June 1894 – 29 January 1940) was one of the best Italian fencers of all time. He is the only fencer to win a gold medal in each of the three weapons at a single Olympic Games and won the most fencing gold medals ever at a single Games—five. Nadi won six Olympic gold medals in total.

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2. Edoardo Mangiarotti (1919 - 2012)

With an HPI of 53.66, Edoardo Mangiarotti is the 2nd most famous Italian Fencer.  His biography has been translated into 29 different languages.

Edoardo Mangiarotti (Italian pronunciation: [edoˈardo mandʒaˈrɔtti]; 7 April 1919 – 25 May 2012) was an Italian fencer. He won a total of 39 Olympic titles and World championships, more than any other fencer in the history of the sport. His Olympic medals include one individual gold, five team golds, five silver, and two bronze medals from 1936 to 1960.

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3. Gianluigi Saccaro (1938 - 2021)

With an HPI of 52.10, Gianluigi Saccaro is the 3rd most famous Italian Fencer.  His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Gianluigi Saccaro (29 December 1938 – 17 February 2021) was an Italian fencer. Saccaro won a gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics, a silver at the 1964 Games and a bronze at the 1968 Games. He also competed at the 1972 Olympics, both individually and with the Italian team, but failed to reach the finals.

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4. Aldo Nadi (1899 - 1965)

With an HPI of 48.65, Aldo Nadi is the 4th most famous Italian Fencer.  His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

Aldo Nadi (29 April 1899 – 10 November 1965) was one of the greatest Italian fencers of all time.

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5. Franco Riccardi (1905 - 1968)

With an HPI of 45.91, Franco Riccardi is the 5th most famous Italian Fencer.  His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Franco Riccardi (13 June 1905 – 24 May 1968) was one of the greatest Italian fencer and Olympic champion in épée competition.

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6. Dario Mangiarotti (1915 - 2010)

With an HPI of 45.29, Dario Mangiarotti is the 6th most famous Italian Fencer.  Her biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Dario Mangiarotti (18 December 1915 – 9 April 2010) was an Italian fencer who competed at the 1948 and 1952 Summer Olympics and medaled in seven World Championships. He was born in Milan, the son of Giuseppe Mangiarotti, a fencer at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London. He was also the brother of Edoardo Mangiarotti, Italy's most successful Olympian and the winner of more Olympic and World titles than any fencer in history, and Mario Mangiarotti, who was also a fencer.

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7. Pierluigi Chicca (1937 - 2017)

With an HPI of 44.81, Pierluigi Chicca is the 7th most famous Italian Fencer.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Pierluigi Chicca (22 December 1937 – 18 June 2017) was an Italian fencer. He competed at the 1960, 1964 and 1968 Olympics in the individual and team sabre events and won a team bronze medal in 1960 and team silver medals in 1964 and 1968.

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8. Luigi Cantone (1917 - 1997)

With an HPI of 43.41, Luigi Cantone is the 8th most famous Italian Fencer.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Luigi Cantone (July 21, 1917 – November 6, 1997) was an Italian fencer and Olympic champion in épée competition. He received a gold medal in épée individual at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. He received a silver medal in épée team.

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9. Valentina Vezzali (1974 - )

With an HPI of 39.35, Valentina Vezzali is the 9th most famous Italian Fencer.  Her biography has been translated into 33 different languages.

Maria Valentina Vezzali (Italian pronunciation: [valenˈtiːna vetˈtsaːli]; born 14 February 1974) is an Italian politician and retired fencer. As a fencer, Vezzali won six Olympic gold medals and was a 16-time World Champion in foil. She is one of only five athletes in the history of the Summer Olympic Games to have won five medals in the same individual event. In 2013, Vezzali became a member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies as part of the Civic Choice party. In 2021, she became Italy's cabinet undersecretary in charge of sports.

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10. Aldo Montano (1978 - )

With an HPI of 36.39, Aldo Montano is the 10th most famous Italian Fencer.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Aldo Montano (born 18 November 1978) is an Italian fencer and a five-time Olympic medalist. He received a gold medal in sabre individual at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. On 11 October 2011, he won the gold medal at the World Championships in Catania, Italy. He won a silver medal in Men's team sabre at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Pantheon has 35 people classified as fencers born between 1894 and 1992. Of these 35, 27 (77.14%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living fencers include Valentina Vezzali, Aldo Montano, and Fabio Dal Zotto. The most famous deceased fencers include Nedo Nadi, Edoardo Mangiarotti, and Gianluigi Saccaro. As of April 2022, 11 new fencers have been added to Pantheon including Pierluigi Chicca, Luigi Cantone, and Fabio Dal Zotto.

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Which Fencers were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 8 most globally memorable Fencers since 1700.