Italian Wars

Wars in Italy from the 15th to 16th centuries

The Italian Wars, often known as the Great Wars of Italy and sometimes as the Habsburg–Valois Wars, were a long series of wars fought between 1494 and 1559 in Italy during the Renaissance.[1]

Italian Wars
Part of the French–Habsburg rivalry

Detail of a tapestry depicting the Battle of Pavia, woven from a cartoon by Bernard van Orley (c. 1531).
Date1494–1498; 1499–1501; 1502–1504; 1508–1516; 1521–1530; 1536–1538; 1542–1546; 1551–1559
Commanders and leaders

The conflicts involved the major powers of Italy and Europe.


  1. Horodowich, Elizabeth (November 16, 2017). "10". The New World in early modern Italy, 1492-1750. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. pp. 174–176. ISBN 9781107122871.