Northern League leader Matteo Salvini in Milan on Monday, the day after the vote. In the Netherlands, the Labour Party has been nearly totally wiped out, going from 25% of the vote in 2012 and governing in a coalition, to just 6% in the general election previous year.
In absolute terms, the center-right coalition won the election with 37.5 percent of the vote as opposed to the 31.9 percent taken by the 5-Star Movement, which refused to enter a coalition with other parties. Bannon called a possible post-election deal between the Five Star Movement and the League "the ultimate dream".
Perhaps the most significant force in the new Italian politics was the southern vote, with Di Maio's 5-Star group taking almost 50 percent of the vote in the area comprising Sicily, Campania, Puglia, Basilicata, and Calabria.
Berlusconi, a three-time prime minister, has returned to the limelight despite a political career overshadowed by sex scandals and legal woes.
They've capitalized on a wave of anti-immigrant sentiment roiling the country in a campaign marked by neo-fascist rhetoric and racist violence, culminating in a far-right extremist wounding six African men in a shooting spree last month.
An RAI exit poll gave the centre-right coalition of which the League and Forza Italia are part a slight edge over the 5-Star Movement.
As the results came in, French far-right leader Marine Le Pen celebrated, saying Europe was having a bad night.
The surge of populist and eurosceptic movements in the eurozone's third-largest economy will worry Europe, though neither the 5-Stars nor the League are advocating an exit from the European Union.
Some experts say Mattarella will likely pick Gentiloni to lead a coalition government if the winning parties can not form a government among themselves.
"The success of the more rightist movements and parties is the effect of the growing preoccupation of a large section of voters on the excessive wave of immigration ... and on the economic crisis", he said.