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Marquisate of Finale
Marchesato di Finale (Italian)
Flag of Finale
Coat of arms of Finale
Coat of arms
Marquisate of Finale in Liguria.
Marquisate of Finale in Liguria.
StatusMarch of the Holy Roman Empire
Territory of the Kingdom of Spain
Territory of the Republic of Genoa
CapitalFinale Ligure (from the 1190s)
Common languagesLigurian
Roman Catholicism
GovernmentAbsolute monarchy
• Established
• Acquired by the Kingdom of Spain
• Ceded to the Republic of Genoa
• Disestablished
Succeeded by
Ligurian Republic

The Marquisate of Finale was an Italian state in what is now Liguria, part of the former medieval Aleramici March. It was ruled for some six centuries by the Aleramici branch known as marquesses del Vasto (when they also held the March of Savona) and later Del Carretto, when Savona became a free commune. In 1598 the Marquisate was sold by its last marquis, Sforza Andrea to Philip II of Spain and in 1713 it was finally ceded to the Republic of Genoa, where it remained so until 1797, when it was invaded by Napoleon, ceasing its existence.


The marquisate of Finale originated from the territories donated in 967 to Aleramo of Montferrat by emperor Otto I and was for centuries a fief of the Holy Roman Empire. Anselmo, son of Aleramo, started the line of the marquesses of Savona or Del Vasto. His descendant Boniface del Vasto acquired large lands in Liguria and southern Piedmont. In 1142-1148 his sons divided its patrimony, creating different feudal dynasties. Enrico I del Carretto inherited the march of Savona, receiving its investiture by emperor Frederick Barbarossa on 10 June 1162.

The march of Savona stretched on the Ligurian coast from Cogoleto and Finale Ligure up to the Bormida valley, nearly reaching Acqui. Enrico later also acquired Cortemilia and Novello; the family also boasted rights on the diocese of Albenga and the former marquisate of Clavesana. His control over his lands was however rather nominal, due to the increasing autonomy of cities such as Savona, Noli, Alba and Alessandria from the 12th century. The first member of the family to use the title of Marquis of Finale (a village which the family had fortified since around 1193) was Enrico's son, Enrico II Del Carretto. The name "Del Carretto" derived from a small castle on the Bormida river.

Enrico I, Enrico II and his son Giacomo were Ghibellines (pro-imperial): Giacomo married an illegitimate daughter of Frederick II, Caterina da Marano. After his death in 1265, the family's lands were divided between his three sons. One of them, that of Finale, remained independent for three centuries, before it was absorbed by the Kingdom of Spain in 1602. The other two were Millesimo, whose lords later submitted to the Marquisate of Montferrat, and that of Novello, Piedmont. Although their sovereignty had obtained imperial approval, the Del Carretto had to fight for much of their history against the expansion of the Republic of Genoa. In 1385 Genoa obtained the feudal submission of half of the marquisate's lands.

In the 15th century the marquesses remained substantially autonomous, thanks to the support of the Visconti and later the Sforza of Milan. During the Ambrosian Republic, Genoa attacked Finale in a war which lasted from 1447 to 1448, and which ended with the fire of Finalborgo and the complete submission of the marquisate to Genoa. In 1450, however, Giovanni I del Carretto was able to reconquer his capital. Finale remained independent in the 16th century, in which it was a loyal ally of admiral Andrea Doria. Genoa invaded its lands again in 1558, taking advantage of the protests of part of the population due to the economic difficulties caused by the Franco-Spanish war and the harsh government of Alfonso II Del Carretto. After a short return of the marquis, there was another revolt, encouraged by Spain, which wanted to gain control of the only Ligurian port not under the Republic of Genoa. In 1598 the last marquis, Sforza Andrea, sold Finale to Philip II of Spain; the agreement became effective after Sforza Andrea's death in 1602.[1]

At the end of the War of the Spanish Succession, the marquisate of Finale was ceded to the Republic of Genoa on 20 August 1713, although it kept its statutes until the French Napoleonic invasion in 1797.

List of rulers

Marquis Reign Consort(s) Notes
Enrico I del Carretto 1162–1185 Beatrice di Monferrato
Enrico II del Carretto 1185–1231 Simona Guercio
Agata de Geneve
Giacomo del Carretto 1231–1265 Caracosa Doria
Caterina da Marano
Antonio del Carretto 1265–1313 Agnese di Valperga
Costanza Ciaromonte
Giorgio del Carretto 1313–1359 Leonora Fieschi
Lazzarino I del Carretto 1359–1392 Marietta del Carretto
Lazzarino II del Carretto 1392–1412 Caterina del Carretto
Galeotto I del Carretto 1412–1450 Vannina Adorno in exile after 5 February 1449
Giovanni I del Carretto 1450–1468 Viscontina Adorno in power from 20 December 1450
Galeotto II del Carretto 1468–1482 Elisabetta Dal Verme
Alfonso I del Carretto 1482–1499 Bianca Simonetta
Peretta Cybo-Usodimare
first time
Carlo Domenico del Carretto 1499–1514 also a cardinal
Alfonso I del Carretto 1514–1517 Bianca Simonetta
Peretta Cybo-Usodimare
second time
Giovanni II del Carretto 1517–1535 Ginevra Bentivoglio
Alfonso II del Carretto 1535–1583 his mother, Peretta Cybo-Usodimare, and uncle, Marcantonio Del Carretto Doria, exercised a regency (1535–46)
Alfonso II exercises power (1546–58)
marquisate occupied by Genoa (1558–64)
Giovanni Alberto Del Carretto di Gorzegno rules in Alfonso II's name (1564–66)
marquisate ruled by imperial commissioners (1566–1602)
occupied by Spanish or German troops (1571–1602)
Alessandro del Carretto 1583–1596 also abbot of Buonacomba
in exile throughout his reign
marquisate ruled by imperial commissioners (1566–1602)
occupied by Spanish or German troops (1571–1602)
Sforza Andrea del Carretto 1596–1602 Faustina Sforza di Caravaggio in exile throughout his reign
marquisate ruled by imperial commissioners (1566–1602)
occupied by Spanish or German troops (1571–1602)
Filippo I d'Asburgo 1602–1621 Margherita d'Austria-Stiria received imperial investiture on 4 February 1619
Filippo II d'Asburgo 1621–1665 Elisabetta di Borbone received imperial investiture on 19 February 1639
Carlo d'Asburgo 1665–1700 Maria Luisa di Borbone
Maria Anna del Palatinato-Neuburg


  1. ^ Calcagno, Paolo. "La puerta a la mar". Il marchesato del Finale nel sistema imperiale spagnolo (1571-1713) (in Italian). Viella.

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