The Powerful Families of Rome

The Powerful Families of Rome

Palazzo Farnese in Rome, which belonged to the Farnese family.

In addition to being known for the cast of characters that belonged to its Kingdom, Republic and Empire, Rome’s history includes several prominent families, many of whose power increased greatly as family members got ahead by holding high positions in the government and clergy. Many of these families even contributed a pope or two! Some of the most famous family names are listed below:

  • Farnese
  • Borghese
  • Colonna
  • Orsini
  • Della Rovere
  • Doria-Pamphilj
  • Barberini
  • Chigi

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