Genoa, a brief history of the Spinola family and the city

Genoa and the Spinola family a strong bond that was born over a thousand years ago.

History links the city of Genoa to the Spinola family since the 10th century. What is certain is that later Guido Spinola, a veteran of the Crusades in the Holy Land, became Consul several times starting from 1102. Genoa, strong due to its mercantile dimension, had in fact eliminated feudalism,creating a new formula for the good governance of the city. The Compagna Communis was born by ecclesiastical will …

The Family

Discovering the Spinola family from the family tree to its present members,

The Spinola family is one of the oldest and most important families in Genoa, together with the D’Oria, the Fieschi of Lavagna and the Grimaldi family and was one of the four families that marked the political life of the Republic of Genoa.

The history of the Spinola family is intertwined with the history of Genoa. An ancient town of the Ligures, Genoa flourished under Roman rule before falling into comparative obscurity. As maritime trade grew, around the 11th century, the city established itself as an independent commune governed by…


Cardinale Giulio Spinola

1612 /
Giulio Spinola nacque a Genova il 13 maggio 1612, figlio di Giovambattista Spinola di Luccoli quondam Giorgio e di Isabella Spinola, quondam Niccolò. Venne creato cardinale nel 1666 da Papa Alessandro VII, riservato in pectore, ricevette il cappello cardinalizio nel 1667.
Cardinale di Santa Romana Chiesa

Cardinale Nicolò Gaetano Spinola

1659 /
Nicolò Gaetano Spinola fu Cardinale dei Santi Nereo ed Achilleo.
Cardinale di Santa Romana Chiesa
Discovering how and where the Spinola name has spread and been imprinted in the world.


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Floral decorations in San Luca

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