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What is the Bodoni font?

Giambattista Bodoni (1740–1813) was called the King of Printers and the Bodoni font owes its creation in 1767 to his masterful cutting techniques. Predecessors in a similar style were the typefaces of Pierre Simon Fournier (1712–1768) and the Didot family (1689-1836).
The Bodoni font distinguishes itself through the strength of its characters and embodies the rational thinking of the Enlightenment. The new typefaces displaced the Old Face and Transitional styles and was the most popular typeface until the mid-19th century. Bodoni’s influence on typography was dominant until the end of the 19th century and, even today, inspires new creations. More…
Working with this font requires care, as the strong emphasis of the vertical strokes and the marked contrast between the fine and thick lines lessens Bodoni’s legibility, and the font is therefore better in larger print with generous spacing.
The Bodoni of Morris F. Benton appeared in 1911 with American Type Founders.

Bodoni Font families

The Bodoni includes the following font families:

  • Bodoni Pro Book
  • Bodoni Pro Book Italic
  • Bodoni Pro Roman
  • Bodoni Pro Italic
  • Bodoni Pro Bold
  • Bodoni Pro Bold Italic
  • Bodoni Pro Bold Condensed
  • Bodoni Book
  • Bodoni Book Italic
  • Bodoni Roman
  • Bodoni Italic
  • Bodoni Bold
  • Bodoni Bold Italic
  • Bodoni Bold Condensed

Bodoni Preview

Here is a preview of how Bodoni will look. For more previews using your own text as an example, click here.

You're probably thinking - Is Bodoni available to Download for free?

The short answer is no. Bodoni is definitely not available as a free download font. This is a premium font which mean that you will have to pay to download and use it in your project. We showcase fonts on SharedFonts that are almost all premium fonts. Feel free to waste valuable hours of your time searching for a free download of Bodoni, but take it from me, you will not be successful in your quest. Just think how much time and effort you will save if you just pay for Bodoni and be done with it.

It is always best to pay for a premium font rather than trying to find an illegal download. The benefits of paying for Bodoni is that you get the license to use it leagally. If you're using an illegal version of Bodoni and you get caught, you or your client could get into some trouble legally with the publisher of Bodoni. Also it is highly unlikely that you'll be able to find Bodoni for free. Doing various searches on Google such as "Free Bodoni Download" you will see a lot of websites that will say "Free Download" but these are just attempts to get you to click on a link which will either take you to an ad landing page or you risk getting viruses on your computer. In the rare occasion that you do find a free download for Bodoni remember that it's illegal to use a font if you didn't pay for it!

If you really want Bodoni and you want to truly own it the legal and safe way, then click here to visit the download and purchase page on Here you will be able to obtain the proper license. The designer and publisher deserves to be paid for their work, as they have put in the hours and the creativity to produce such an amazing font. Good luck with your purchase and future use of this font. :)