The Imperiali family is a princely noble family. It is one of the most important Italian families and was a key protagonist of European history among aristocratic families. Originating from the Republic of Genoa it was previously named Tartaro (10th century), and descends from the House of Ventimeglia. It was one of the most powerful families dominating the city's politics in the 17th and 18th century and owned a vast amount of land in Italy.
- 1 Titles
- 2 Cardinals of the Catholic Church
- 3 Historical Buildings
- 3.1 Palazzo Imperiali in Genova
- 3.2 Villa Imperiali in Genova
- 3.3 Castle of Francavilla Fontana
- 3.4 Castle Imperiali di Villa Castelli
- 3.5 Castello di Sant'Angelo dei Lombardi
- 3.6 Palazzo Imperiali di Latiano
- 3.7 Palazzo Imperiali-Filotico di Manduria
- 3.8 Palazzo Imperiali a Avetrana
- 3.9 Palazzo Imperiali a Salza Irpina
- 3.10 Villa Imperiali a Vicenza
- 3.11 Palazzo Cellamare
- 3.12 Torre dell'Antoglietta
- 4 Famous members
- 5 Bibliography
- 6 External links
The various titles of the Imperiali family acquired over years are the following:
- Grandees of Spain
- Princes of Francavilla (1639)
- Princes of Sant'Angelo dei Lombardi (1718)
- Princes of Montafia (1725)
- Princes of Castagneto (1789)
- Marquises of Latiano (1668)
- Marquises of Oyra (1705)
- Marquises of Livorno (1725)
- Marquises of Pianezza (1725)
- Marquises of Roatta (1725)
- Marquises of Casetelnuovo (1725)
- Marquises of Moretta (1725)
- Marquises of Dego (1725)
- Marquises of Cagna (1725)
- Marquises of Giusvalla (1725)
- Marquises of Piana nel Monferrato (1725)
Cardinals of the Catholic Church
The Imperiali family possessed a strong presence in religion and had three cardinals:
Lorenzo Imperiali (1612-1673).
Cosimo Imperiali (1685-1764).
Palazzo Imperiali in Genova
The palace was built in around 1560 for Giovan Vicenzo Imperiale.
Villa Imperiali in Genova
The villa was purchased by the Imperiali family from the Catteneo. Its gardens are currently open to the public and the building is host to the communal library known as "Lercari".
Castle of Francavilla Fontana
Originally built in 1455 by Giovanni Antonio del Balzo Orsini. It was purchased by the Imperiali family from S. Carlo Borromeo, from the House of Borromeo, in the 16th century for 40,000 ounces of gold.
Castle Imperiali di Villa Castelli
The castle was purchased by the Imperiali in the 17th century from the Orsini family.
Castello di Sant'Angelo dei Lombardi
The building dates back to the 10th century. Major works were carried out by the Caracciolo family in the 17th century and by Prince Placido Imperiale after purchasing the building. The 1980 Irpinia earthquake severely damaged the building's structure.
Palazzo Imperiali di Latiano
Palazzo Imperiali-Filotico di Manduria
Palazzo Imperiali a Avetrana
Palazzo Imperiali a Salza Irpina
Villa Imperiali a Vicenza
- Michele Imperiali Simeana, Prince of Montena and Francavilla (c1736-1782).
- Davide Imperiale (1540-1612).
- Giovanni Vincenzo Imperiale (1582-1648), politician.
- Giulio I Imperiale (1680-1738), first prince of Sant'Angelo dei Lombardi.
- The Marquis Guglielmo Imperiali (1858-1944), diplomat.
- The Marquis Pierre Imperiali (1874-1940) (second cousin of Guglielmo), Belgian politician and senator, inventor of the Imperiali quota and of the Imperiali method.
- Giovanni Imperiali d'Afflitto (1890-1983) Italian army general in the first and second world war.
- Gian Domenico Oltrona Visconti, Imperialis Familia, Piacenza 1999.
- it:Imperiale (famiglia)
- The Castello Imperiali at Francavilla Fontana
- Genealogy of the Imperiali family from the Libro d'Oro of the Italian nobility
- Imperiali family tree
- The journey of Gian Vincenzo Imperiale in 1633
- History and biographies of the Imperiali of Genova and of the Sant'Angelo branch
- Poggio Imperiali