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Italy is one of the 14 founding participants of the Eurovision Song Contest and arguably the country responsible for the entire Eurovision format! The original Contest was modelled on the popular Festival de Sanremo which began in 1951 and continues to this day.

Italy has won the Eurovision Song Contest on three occasions. In 1964, Gigliola Cinquetti stormed the scoreboard in Copenhagen with Non Ho L'etĂ , receiving nearly 3 times as many votes as the runner-up. Subsequently, the 1965 event was held in Naples.

In 1990, Toto Cutugno won the Contest with European unity anthem Insieme: 1992, taking us to Rome the following year where the 2 Italian winners, Toto and Gigliola, took on presenting duties. Allora!

In 1997, the country withdrew from the Eurovision Song Contest but returned with renewed vigour in 2011, securing 7 top ten placings between then and their third victory.

The Italians struck gold in 2021 with alt-rock band MĂ„neskin. Their self-penned track Zitti E Buoni (English translation: ‘Shut Up and Behave’) won the Eurovision Song Contest and became a global streaming hit, along with their follow-up song I Wanna Be Your Slave.

Italy will host its third Eurovision Song Contest in 2022.


Participation history

Event Contestant Song Place
Liverpool 2023
Due Vite
Grand Final
4th - 350 points
Turin 2022
Brividi
Grand Final
6th - 268 points
Rotterdam 2021
Zitti E Buoni
Grand Final
1st - 524 points
Rotterdam 2020
Fai Rumore
Tel Aviv 2019
Soldi
Grand Final
2nd - 472 points
Lisbon 2018
Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente
Grand Final
5th - 308 points
Kyiv 2017
Occidentali's Karma
Grand Final
6th - 334 points
Stockholm 2016
No Degree Of Separation
Grand Final
16th - 124 points
Vienna 2015
Grande Amore
Grand Final
3rd - 292 points
Copenhagen 2014
La Mia CittĂ 
Grand Final
21st - 33 points
Malmö 2013
L'Essenziale
Grand Final
7th - 126 points
Baku 2012
L'Amore È Femmina (Out Of Love)
Grand Final
9th - 101 points
DĂŒsseldorf 2011
Madness Of Love
Grand Final
2nd - 189 points
Dublin 1997
Fiumi Di Parole
Grand Final
4th - 114 points
Millstreet 1993
Sole D'europa
Grand Final
12th - 45 points
Malmö 1992
Rapsodia
Grand Final
4th - 111 points
Rome 1991
Comme E' Ddoce 'o Mare
Grand Final
7th - 89 points
Zagreb 1990
Insieme: 1992
Grand Final
1st - 149 points
Lausanne 1989
Avrei Voluto
Grand Final
9th - 56 points
Dublin 1988
Ti Scrivo
Grand Final
12th - 52 points
Brussels 1987
Gente Di Mare
Grand Final
3rd - 103 points
Gothenburg 1985
Magic, Oh Magic
Grand Final
7th - 78 points
Luxembourg 1984
I Treni Di Tozeur
Grand Final
5th - 70 points
Munich 1983
Per Lucia
Grand Final
11th - 41 points
The Hague 1980
Non So Che Darei
Grand Final
6th - 87 points
Jerusalem 1979
Raggio Di Luna
Grand Final
15th - 27 points
Paris 1978
Questo Amore
Grand Final
12th - 53 points
London 1977
LiberĂ 
Grand Final
13th - 33 points
The Hague 1976
We'll Live It All Again
Grand Final
7th - 69 points
Stockholm 1975
Era
Grand Final
3rd - 115 points
Brighton 1974
Si
Grand Final
2nd - 18 points
Luxembourg 1973
Chi SarĂ  Con Te
Grand Final
13th - 74 points
Edinburgh 1972
I Giorni Dell' Arcobaleno
Grand Final
6th - 92 points
Dublin 1971
L'amore Ăš Un Attimo
Grand Final
5th - 91 points
Amsterdam 1970
Occhi Di Ragazza
Grand Final
8th - 5 points
Madrid 1969
Due Grosse Lacrime Bianche
Grand Final
13th - 5 points
London 1968
Marianne
Grand Final
10th - 7 points
Vienna 1967
Non Andare PiĂč Lontano
Grand Final
11th - 4 points
Luxembourg 1966
Dio Come Ti Amo
Grand Final
17th - 0 points
Naples 1965
Se Piangi, Se Ridi
Grand Final
5th - 15 points
Copenhagen 1964
Non Ho L'Ă©tĂ 
Grand Final
1st - 49 points
London 1963
Uno Per Tutte
Grand Final
3rd - 37 points
Luxembourg 1962
Addio, Addio
Grand Final
9th - 3 points
Cannes 1961
Al Di LĂ 
Grand Final
5th - 12 points
London 1960
Romantica
Grand Final
8th - 5 points
Cannes 1959
Piove
Grand Final
6th - 9 points
Hilversum 1958
Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu
Grand Final
3rd - 13 points
Frankfurt 1957
Corde Della Mia Chitarra
Grand Final
6th - 7 points
Lugano 1956
Amami Se Vuoi
Grand Final
2nd - 0 points
Lugano 1956
Aprite Le Finestre
Grand Final
2nd - 0 points