Famous Italian Explorers

Italian Explorer Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus

Introduction - Italian Explorers

There have been many famous Italian explorers; in fact Italy produced perhaps the most famous explorer in history; Christopher Columbus. On this page we provide a list of Italian explorers who made major contributions to the exploration of the world. This list will include information on who these explorers were, where they traveled, and why they took such great risk. These facts are written for both kids and adults alike.

You will see in the information in this section that many Italian explorers from the Age of Exploration, did not sail for Italy; perhaps most famously was Columbus who sailed for Spain. He like many explorers had trouble getting financing for their journeys and would sail for whatever country was willing to pay the high cost of their explorations.

Famous Italian Explorers List