Not only was Italy one of the founding participants of the Eurovision Song Contest, taking part in the first ever edition in 1956, the country is responsible for the entire Eurovision format! The Eurovision Song Contest was modelled on the popular Festival di Sanremo which began in 1951.

Italy has won the Eurovision Song Contest twice. In 1964 Gigliola Cinquetti stormed the scoreboard for Italy, getting almost three times as many votes as the runner-up with Non Ho L'età. In 1965 the contest was held in Naples. 

In 1990 Toto Cutugno won the Eurovision Song Contest with Insieme: 1992 and the contest headed to Rome the following year. The two Italian winners, Toto Cutugno and Gigliola Cinquetti took on the role of presenting.

In 1997 the country withdrew from the Eurovision Song Contest but returned in 2011 finishing in second place. Italy's Sanremo Music Festival is often used to select the Italian Eurovision entry although it is a separate competition in its own right. 

Participation history

Franca Raimondi
Aprite Le Finestre
Final
2nd
Tonina Torielli
Amami Se Vuoi
Final
2nd
Nunzio Gallo
Corde Della Mia Chitarra
Final
7 points 6th
Domenico Modugno
Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu
Final
13 points 3rd
Domenico Modugno
Piove
Final
9 points 6th
Renato Rascel
Romantica
Final
5 points 8th
Betty Curtis
Al Di Là
Final
12 points 5th
Claudio Villa
Addio, Addio
Final
3 points 9th
Emilio Pericoli
Uno Per Tutte
Final
37 points 3rd
Gigliola Cinquetti
Non Ho L'étà
winner
Final
49 points 1st
Bobby Solo
Se Piangi, Se Ridi
Final
15 points 5th
Domenico Modugno
Dio Come Ti Amo
Final
17th
Claudio Villa
Non Andare Più Lontano
Final
4 points 11th
Sergio Endrigo
Marianne
Final
7 points 10th
Iva Zanicchi
Due Grosse Lacrime Bianche
Final
5 points 13th
Gianni Morandi
Occhi Di Ragazza
Final
5 points 8th
Massimo Ranieri
L'amore è Un Attimo
Final
91 points 5th
Nicola di Bari
I Giorni Dell' Arcobaleno
Final
92 points 6th
Massimo Ranieri
Chi Sarà Con Te
Final
74 points 13th
Romina and Al Bano
We'll Live It All Again
Final
69 points 7th
Mia Martini
Liberà
Final
33 points 13th
Ricchi e Poveri
Questo Amore
Final
53 points 12th
Matia Bazar
Raggio Di Luna
Final
27 points 15th
Alan Sorrenti
Non So Che Darei
Final
87 points 6th
Riccardo Fogli
Per Lucia
Final
41 points 11th
Alice and Battiato
I Treni Di Tozeur
Final
70 points 5th
Al Bano and Romina Power
Magic, Oh Magic
Final
78 points 7th
Umberto Tozzi and Raf
Gente Di Mare
Final
103 points 3rd
Luca Barbarossa
Ti Scrivo
Final
52 points 12th
Anna Oxa and Fausto Leali
Avrei Voluto
Final
56 points 9th
Toto Cutugno
Insieme: 1992
winner
Final
149 points 1st
Peppino di Capri
Comme E' Ddoce 'o Mare
Final
89 points 7th
Mia Martini
Rapsodia
Final
111 points 4th
Enrico Ruggeri
Sole D'europa
Final
45 points 12th
Jalisse
Fiumi Di Parole
Final
114 points 4th
Raphael Gualazzi
Madness Of Love
Grand Final
189 points 2nd
Nina Zilli
L'Amore È Femmina (Out Of Love)
Grand Final
101 points 9th
Marco Mengoni
L'Essenziale
Grand Final
126 points 7th
Emma
La Mia Città
Grand Final
33 points 21st
Il Volo
Grande Amore
Grand Final
292 points 3rd
Francesca Michielin
No Degree Of Separation
Grand Final
124 points 16th
Francesco Gabbani
Occidentali's Karma
Grand Final
334 points 6th
Ermal Meta e Fabrizio Moro
Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente
Grand Final
308 points 5th
Mahmood
Soldi
Grand Final
472 points 2nd

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