This page contains reccomendations for writing personal names and for capitalizing in Italian. For more information on MLA style, please refer to the Citing Sources Guide.
The names of many Italians who have lived before or during the Renaissance are alphabetized by first name.
But other names follow standard practice.
The names of members of historic families are also usually alphabetized by last name.
In modern times, Italian da, de, del, della, di, and d' are usually capitalized and used with the last name alone.
In prose and verse, Italian capitalization is the same as English, except that in Italian centuries and other large divisions of time are capitalized (il Seicento) and the following terms are not capitalized, unless the begin sentences or, usually, lines of verse:
In a title or subtitle, capitalize only the first word and all words normally capitalized.