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The information covered in this chapter is derived from a book given to me by Guiseppe Tambini, my wife's cousin. The book is a research document describing about three hundred families in the Val Di Taro area from about the fifteenth century to early nineteenth century. Of the 300 families about ten percent have a family crest and are nobility. Fenaroli is one of those families. The crest shown on the right above is the Fenaroli crest shown in the book. What follows is the Fenaroli section taken from the book. The Italian version of the section can be accessed by clicking on:

Il Ceto Dirigente in Borgo Val Di Taro.

The following is from the book:

Title:Il Ceto Dirigente in Borgo Val Di Taro By Maurizio De Meo

Research sponsored by The Valtaresi Association

ARMA: The crest shown is described. Then there is a section giving the derivation of the name Fenaroli. (see footnotes 1 & 2)

Body of the section:

A family of this name, (Fenaroli), is found in the Porcigatone area from the XVI century on. They were councilmen and noblemen from Porcigatone as follows:

  • 1582 Maraghino Councilmen
  • 1578 Marino Councilman
  • 1591 Marco Councilman
  • 1616 Rolando Councilman
  • 1617 Giovanni Councilman
  • 1746 Giovanni di Domenico Council man
  • 1768 Domenico council man

    My understanding is that as councilman they represented Porcigatone in the councils of Borgotaro and the Dukedom of Parma and were members of the nobility. There were also Fenaroli councilmen from the village of Pieve di Campi as follows:

  • 1759 Francisco
  • 1767 Giovanni

    There was also a branch of the family in Borgotaro. This branch of the family had acquired a distinguished social position and were titled noblemen and military man. In addition the family had significant ties with the church.

  • 1686 Margherita, daughter of Dionnigio had a high position in the Monastero di st. paolo.
  • 1704 Bartolomeo A titled nobleman (Perillustrissimo) in the councils of Borgotaro.
  • 1713 to 1738 Gio Agostino council
  • 1755 to 1778 Giulio Tenente in the Ducal Military service.
  • 1786 to 1797 Don Bartolomeo archpriest(pastor?) of St. Antonio Martire.
  • 1786 to 1797 Dr. Bartolomeo Lawyer and curator for the official archives of Parma.
  • 1800 Domenico Military Captain and councilman from 1802 to 1816.

    Presently there are no Fenaroli's living in the valley of the Taro and no Fenaroli's in Borgotaro and Albareto.

    The book also contains a old map of the castle of Borgotaro. The map is from the XIX century and is entitled "Mappa catastalew dellacitta (sec XIX)".The map lays out every building in the fortified town and gives the name of the building or the name of the person living/owning the building. Signor Guilio Fenaroli is shown for three buildings. Two of the buildings are near the Chiesa and convent of St. Paolo della M. Francis.

    I find it most interesting to see so many familiar names on the map. I was not able to get a good scan of the map. Perhaps someone can volunteer to redraw the map in a larger clearer scale. However I did scan the map in two pieces as shown below.

    Fenaroli's are located in Buildings, 104, 188 and 217.

    The book also contains information on many families familiar to us. Examples are, Del Grosso, Beccarelli, Bertolotti, Bordi, Brugnoli,Capitelli, Corvi, Costa, Cresci, Del Maestro, Ferrari, Leporati, Lusardi, Rizzi, Sartori, Spagnoli, Tambini, Vignali and of course many others.

    There are significant indications of important Fenaroli's living in Brescia and in Lanciano. The villa Fenaroli is located in Brescia. There is a painting hanging in The London National Gallery, " Portrait of a Lady of the Fenaroli family" by G.B. Moroni. Moroni was from the Brescian school and painted the lady in 1580. I have a copy of the painting, supplied by Yvonne Fenaroli. You can view it in the "Old Photos" section.

    Lanciano is a town noted for it's religious miracles and a significant number of historic buildings and churches. The Teatro Fenaroli is located in Lanciano and is still used today. In addition there is a well known school of music named after Fedele Fenaroli. Fedele was a well known musician of his time. Surf the Internet using Fedele Fenaroli as search argument and you will get many items regarding this well known Musician.

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    Buon Viaggio...........