Italian Roman Catholics in all BBC programmes
Helen Lewis chooses the so-called 'Black Queen' of France, Catherine de Medici.
Bobby Friction champions the Italian physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei.
Josephine Bonaparte, first empress of France, chosen by Janine di Giovanni.
Luciano Pavarotti is nominated by the music promoter Harvey Goldsmith.
Nancy Dell'Olio champions the much maligned Lucrezia Borgia.
Philippa Perry on how Montessori inspires her work as a psychotherapist.
Psychotherapist Philippa Perry on the Italian educator Maria Montessori.
Sarah Vine chooses Dante, author of the Italian literary masterpiece the Divine Comedy