Della Rovere

noble family of Italy

The Della Rovere family (pronounced [della ˈroːvere]; literally "of the oak tree") was a noble family of Urbino in central Italy. They originally came from Savona, Liguria. The family rose to nobility through nepotism and ambitious marriages. These marriages were arranged by two Della Rovere popes, Francesco della Rovere (Pope Sixtus IV, 1471–1484)[1] and his nephew Giuliano (Pope Julius II, 1503–1513).[2] Pope Sixtus IV is known for having built the Sistine Chapel, which is named for him. The Basilica San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome is the family church of the della Rovere. Vittoria della Rovere was a member of the family and was one of the last Grand Duchesses of Tuscany.

Della Rovere
Coat of arms of the House of della Rovere.svg
Final headVittoria della Rovere, died 1694
TitlesDuke of Urbino

Dukes of UrbinoEdit

  1. Francesco Maria I della Rovere (1490–1538)
  2. Guidobaldo II della Rovere (1514–1574)
  3. Francesco Maria II della Rovere (1549–1631)
  4. Federico Ubaldo della Rovere (1605–1623)


  1. "Pope Sixtus IV", Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-11-6.
  2. "Pope Julius II", Catholic Encyclopedia; retrieved 2011-11-6.

Other websitesEdit

  • Marek, Miroslav. "italy/rovere.html#GSA". Genealogy.EU.
  • Marek, Miroslav. "Genealogy of Leonardo della Rovere". Genealogy.EU.