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…

Luca Spinola

Luca Spinola

1628 /
Luca Spinola fu Doge della Repubblica di Genova dal 1687 al 1689.
Doge della Repubblica di Genova

Tommaso Spinola

1803 /
Tommaso Spinola was born in Milan in 1803 and was the son of Giuliano Spinola and Isabelle Doria. He was an Italian politician and in 1862 became a Senator of liberal Italy.
Italian politician
Discovering how and where the Spinola name has spread and been imprinted in the world.


Floral decorations in San Luca

Floral decorations in San Luca

Rolli Days

Visit of Cardinal Bagnasco