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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