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…

5 mable Spinola Palace statues

Opizzino Spinola

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Opizzino Spinola was born in Genoa in the second half of the XIII century, son of Corrado Spinola. In 1306 he was elected Captain of the people with Bernabò Doria.
Imperial Vicar in Oltregiogo

Cardinale Giovanni Battista Spinola

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Giovanni Battista Spinola nacque a Genova nel 1681, figlio di Francesco Maria Spinola, Senatore della Repubblica di Genova, e di Maria Negrone di Ambrogio. Fu creato Cardinale nel 1733 da Papa Clemente XII.
Cardianle 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

Rolli Days

Visit of Cardinal Bagnasco