Ventimiglia is a city and bishopric in Liguria, northern Italy, in the province of Imperia. It is located 130 km southwest of Genoa, 7 km from the French-Italian border, on the Gulf of Genoa, having a small harbour at the mouth of the Roia River, which divides the town into two parts. Ventimiglia's urban area has a population of 55,000; the name Ventimiglia derives from Ancient Ligurian *Albom Intemeliom, meaning "capital city of the Intemelii". The name was Latinized as Album Intimilium, which became Vintimilium and still Vintimilia; this became Ventimiglia in Italian. The similarity to the phrase venti miglia is coincidental. Ventimiglia is the ancient Albium Intemelium, the capital of the Intemelii, a Ligurian tribe which long resisted the Romans, until in 115 BC it was forced to submit to Marcus Aemilius Scaurus. Albintimilium became a municipium in 89 BC. In AD 69 the city was sacked by the army of Otho and Vitellius, but recovered to remain prosperous into the 5th century, surrounded by walls with cylindrical towers built at each change of direction.
In the Gothic Wars it was besieged by the Byzantines and the Goths, suffered from the raids of Rothari, King of the Lombards, but flourished again under Rodoald. In the 10th century it was attacked by the Saracens of Fraxinet. After a period as an independent commune, it was ruled by the Counts of Ventimiglia, had to fight with the Republic of Genoa. In 1139 the Genoese forced it to surrender; the city sided with their enemies. In 1271 in a war with Genoa its podestà Luca Grimaldi was captured. Ventimiglia was thus temporarily held by the dukes of King Ladislaus of Naples. In 1505 it was annexed to the Genoese Republic. In 1269 the Count of Ventimiglia, Gugliemo Pietro I Balbo married Eudossia Laskaris, daughter of Emperor Theodore II Laskaris. From them started the dynasty of the Lascaris of Tenda, they maintained the sovereign County of Tenda until 1501 when the last of them, Anne Lascaris, married Renato of Savoy and transferred the County to his cadet branch of Savoy dynasty. The most famous exponent of this branch of Lascaris was Beatrice of Tenda.
Remains of a Roman theatre are visible, remains of many other buildings have been discovered, among them traces of the ancient city walls, a fine mosaic, found in 1852 but at once destroyed, a number of tombs to the west of the theatre. The ruins of the ancient Albintimilium are situated in the plain of Nervia, c. 2 kilometres to the east of the modern town. The caves of the Balzi Rossi have proved rich in palaeolithic remains of the Quaternary period. Remains of a family of Cro-Magnon people were discovered, with several skeletons of men and children. Important architecturally and is the ancient medieval city centre, perched on a hill overlooking the new town; the Church of San Michele Arcangelo was erected in the 10th century by the Counts of Ventimiglia on the foundations of a pagan temple. It was entrusted to the Benedictines of Lirins. In the 11th-12th centuries it was rebuilt in Romanesque style. In 1628 it lost the aisles after an earthquake, it houses milestones from the old Via Iulia Augusta, two of which are used as stoups and one supports the crypt's vault.
The present Romanesque Cathedral dedicated to the Assumption, Cattedrale di Nostra Signora Assunta, with an 11th-century baptistery, see of the present Diocese of Ventimiglia-San Remo, is built on the ruins of an earlier Lombard church, which in turn was on the site of a Roman building a temple. The municipal library has the second largest collection of 17th-century manuscripts and books in Italy; the Giardini Botanici Hanbury, surrounding the villa of Sir Thomas Hanbury, La Mortola, are the biggest in Italy and among the finest in Europe, boasting many varieties of tropical and sub-tropical species that thrive in this mild climate. Near Ventimiglia are the Genoese fortresses of Castel d'Appio, Forte San Paolo and Fortezza dell'Annunziata. Ventimiglia is a popular summer destination for tourists on the French Riviera. Popular all year with visitors from France is the weekly street market, along the seafront of the new town, which causes major traffic congestion. Ventimiglia is on the Via Aurelia Provincial Road, has a junction on the A10 Motorway.
It has two railway stations, the main station on the line from Genoa to France and one on the line to Cuneo. There is a Royal Spanish honorary consulate at Ventimiglia. Ventimiglia is twinned with: Piazza Armerina, Sicily Diocese of Ventimiglia-San Remo Seborga This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed.. "Ventimiglia". Encyclopædia Britannica. 27. Cambridge University Press. P. 1012. Official website Richard Stillwell, ed. Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites, 1976: "Albintimilium, Italy"
House of Ventimiglia
The Ventimiglia are a noble Italian family that once held fiefdoms in Liguria, France and Southern Italy. The Ventimiglia family originated from Cono/Corrado Count of Ventimiglia, son of Count Cono Count palatine of Vienne, Isère. Enrico II de Ventimiglia, Count del Maro married around 1250 Isabella/Elisabetta, countess of Geraci, establish a new branch in the Hohenstaufen Kingdom of Sicily; the counts of Geraci derive by the union of Serlone II d'Hauteville, a godson and relative of Ruggero Gran Count of Sicily, his wife Lady Isabella. This marital union gave origin to the ancestors of Ventimiglia line, the possibles successors of Serlon were: Eliusa, Rinaldo di Bernaville, Rocca di Bernaville, Ruggero I de Creon count of Ischia and Geraci, Guerrera de Creon countess, Ruggero II count of Ischia and Geraci, Aldoino count, Isabella who married Count Enrico II of Ventimiglia son of count Filippo I of Ventimiglia and del Maro; the French branch uses de Vintimille and the Spanish branch uses de Veintimilla, Vintemilla or Veintimiglia.
Lascaris di VentimigliaAnother branch, the Lascaris Conti di Tenda, is descended in female line from the Laskaris of the Empire of Nicaea through the marriage in 1261 of Guglielmo Pietro I, Conte di Ventimiglia, Signore de Tenda with Eudokia Laskarina, daughter of Emperor Theodore II Laskaris and wife Princess Elena of Bulgaria. Eudokia was born in Nicaea about 1248, the fourth daughter of Theodoros II Doukas Laskaris, emperor of Byzantium, Elena of Bulgaria, she grew up as a princess at the court of Nicaea, where Costanza'Anna' von Hohenstaufen, widow of Eudokia's grandfather Ioannes III Doukas, emperor in Nicaea lived. After the Palaiologan usurpation of the imperial throne, both ladies fled, travelling from Constantinople to Tende and Sicily, years both sought protection at the kingdom of Aragón under King Jaime I'the Conqueror'. Soon after the re-conquest of Constantinople in 1261, Michael VIII Palaiologos, until regent and co-emperor for the infant Ioannes IV Laskaris, had himself declared sole emperor, solidifying his position by having Ioannes IV blinded and imprisoned.
Ioannes' three sisters, Eudokia among them, were hurriedly married off to foreigners, so that their descendants could not lay claim to the imperial succession. The young Eudokia was married in Constantinople in July 1261 to Guglielmo Pietro de Tenda, count of Ventimiglia et Tende, son of Guglielmo III. Tende was a Ligurian region at the service of Genoa, allies of Michael VIII; this marriage originated the powerful house Lascaris de Vintimille, which stood until the 19th century. Eudokia and Guglielmo Pietro had several children of whom Giovanni I and Lascara/Lucretia would have progeny. Eudokia fled from Liguria to Aragón with her children; some sources say the cause was others that she had been rejected by him. Living at Xàtiva and Castella, Eudokia travelled on diplomatic missions for Jaime II'the Just', king of Aragón, who succeeded his brother Alfonso III in 1291. In 1296 she founded a convent of the Order of Poor Ladies and the sanctuary of Mare de Déu de la Serra at Montblanc, which she entered by the end of 1306.
She donated an Italian image of the Virgin to the convent. The image can still be seen there, she died in Saragossa in 1311, her remains rest at the Dominican monastery there. Giovanni I Ventimiglia, eighth count of Geraci. Grande Ammiraglio del Regno, Viceré di Sicilia, 1430–1432, Governatore del Regno di Napoli, 1435, Viceroy of Duchy Athens and Neopatria, 1444, Regent of Naples Kingdom, 1460, Captain General of the Church, 1445 and 1455. Giovanni II Ventimiglia, sixth Marquis of Geraci, awarded by king Charles I of Spain, a.k.a. Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, Baron of Pettineo, island of Sicily, awarded by king Charles I of Spain, Signore of Castelbuono, Gangi, Tiro and Carcinella, Pinola. A keen supporter of the mathematical sciences, Viceroy of Sicily, 1595–1598 and 1606 - 1607. Supported the efforts of scientist Francesco Maurolico. Salvatore Ventimiglia, Bishop of Catania, son of the 3rd Princes of Belmonte From the Counts and Marquises of Geraci descends the living Prof. Dr. Giovanni Ventimiglia, Knight of Honour and Devotion of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Knight of Justice of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George, full professor of theoretical philosophy at the Faculty of Theology in Lugano, Director of the Department of Philosophy and of the Institute of Philosophical Studies, a philosopher associated with analytical Thomism.
An impoverished branch of this noble house immigrated to the United States. A notable descendant of this branch is the American actor Milo Ventimiglia. Lord of Isnello "Centro Studi Ventimigliani". Archived from the original on 2013-05-16. "Histoire généalogique de la maison de Vintimille". Ventimiglia
John Ventimiglia is an American actor. Ventimiglia portrayed Artie Bucco in the HBO television series The Sopranos and had a recurring role as Dino Arbogast, an Organized Crime Control Bureau Chief for the NYPD, on the American police procedural/drama series Blue Bloods on CBS. Ventimiglia has had parts in feature films such as Cop Land, Jesus' Son, The Iceman, The Funeral, The Wannabe, Mickey Blue Eyes and has appeared in numerous television shows including Law & Order and NYPD Blue, he made a brief cameo in the made-for-television movie Gotti. In August, 2007, Ventimiglia and the David Amram quartet presented a musical and oral homage to sociologist C. Wright Mills and beat author Jack Kerouac, they continued with a Kerouac show in Denmark in autumn of 2007. Ventimiglia starred in the comedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead, playing the role of Theo Horace. In 2008, he played a small role as a police officer in Notorious. In 2011, he appeared as "Weinstein" in the film Flypaper. In 2011, he starred in a small indie film, PONIES.
In 2012, he guest starred in the CBS short lived series Made in Jersey. In 2012, he starred, as Humberto Delgado, the Portuguese film Operation Autumn, a film about General Humberto Delgado's brutal assassination in Spain by the Portuguese fascists. In 2016, he played Harry Magarac on the episode of Elementary, entitled "Murder Ex Machina", first aired on January 21, 2016, he did narration for the Nat Geo television documentary series Inside the American Mob. Ventimiglia was born in Ridgewood, Queens to a Sicilian American family, grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey, graduating from Teaneck High School in 1981, where he played on the football team, he lives in Brooklyn with his two daughters. Personal Velocity, as Avram Hershowitz "The Sopranos", as Arthur "Artie" Bucco "Blue Bloods", as Dino Arbogast "Notorious", as police detective John Ventimiglia on IMDb John Ventimiglia on HBO.com
Castle of Ventimiglia
The castle of Ventimiglia is an ancient four towers castle, built at the end of the 14th century by the Ventimiglia family on the top of Mount Bonifato near Alcamo, southern Italy. Enrico Ventimiglia, the son of Guarnieri Ventimiglia whom he succeeded to, declared that he had this castle built on Mount Bonifato as a protection from possible attacks. According to different interpretations, the castle, would date back to an anterior period; the castle was destroyed in 1243 by order of Frederick II. In 1779 the castle's ruins were inserted in the Sicily's Plan for the Preservation of Cultural Assets by Gabriele Lancillotto Castello, prince of Torremuzza; the castle had four towers and a rectangular trapezoid plan. The only remaining tower is the donjon or "Torre maestram", that had three floors: you could enter it through a wooden ladder at the first floor; this tower had a rectangular plan with walls 2.2 m thick. It was the most important in the castle because, thanks to its impressiveness and position, this was a point of strategic sighting as they could check the road leading to the castle, as far as the entrance door, situated on the south-west side.
The primary tower included four levels: on the ground floor there was the cistern for collecting the rainwater and the prisons. Alcamo Castle of Alcamo Castle of Calatubo Gruppo Archeologico Drepanon. Bonifato - La montagna ritrovata. Trapani: Il Sole editrice. ISBN 978-88-905457-3-3
The railway from Marseille to Ventimiglia is a French and Italian 259-kilometre long railway line. It is used for freight traffic; the railway was opened in several stages between 1858 and 1872. Marseille-Saint-Charles Toulon Les Arcs-Draguignan Fréjus Saint-Raphaël-Valescure Cannes Antibes Nice-Saint-Augustin Nice-Ville Monaco-Monte-Carlo Menton Ventimiglia The Marseille–Ventimiglia railway was built and used by the Chemins de fer de Paris à Lyon et à la Méditerranée; the first section, opened in 1858 led from Marseille to Aubagne. The line was extended to Toulon in 1859, to Les Arcs in 1862. Cagnes-sur-Mer was reached in 1863, Nice in 1864; the line was extended to Monaco in 1868, to Menton in 1869. In 1872 the section from Menton to Ventimiglia was opened
Milo Anthony Ventimiglia is an American actor and producer. After a series of roles in television series and parts in independent films, he gained international recognition for his roles as Jess Mariano on the television series Gilmore Girls from 2002 to 2006, as Peter Petrelli on the NBC series Heroes from 2006 to 2010, he stars as Jack Pearson on the NBC drama This Is Us. Ventimiglia made his debut as party guest #1 on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air being cast in the short-lived Fox series Opposite Sex in 2000, his roles include Richard Thorne on The WB's The Bedford Diaries, a recurring role as Meg Pryor's love interest on NBC's American Dreams, Rocky Balboa's son in the sixth and eighth installments of the Rocky series, Rocky Balboa and Creed II. He starred as Peter Petrelli on NBC's Heroes from 2006 to 2010, for which he received nominations for Teen Choice and People's Choice Awards, he had roles in the horror films Pathology and Kiss of the Damned. Ventimiglia appeared in television as Ian Mitchell on the Crackle original series Chosen as well as Sean Bennigan on The Whispers in 2015.
He reprised his role as Jess Mariano on Netflix's reunion miniseries, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, stars as Jack Pearson on NBC's This Is Us. For his role as Jack Pearson, Ventimiglia has received two nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series; as part of the This Is Us cast, he went on to win a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2018 and 2019. Ventimiglia was born July 8, 1977 in Anaheim, the youngest child of Carol and Peter Ventimiglia, a Vietnam War veteran, he has two older sisters and Laurel. His father is of Italian-Sicilian descent and his mother is of English and Scottish ancestry. Ventimiglia was born with a self-described "crooked mouth", the result of being born with damaged nerves on the left side, which cause that side to remain immobile, much like actor Sylvester Stallone, with whom he worked in Rocky Balboa. Ventimiglia attended El Modena High School in Orange, where he wrestled, acted in drama productions and held the office of president in student government.
He graduated in 1995. At eighteen years of age, Ventimiglia studied at the American Conservatory Theater for their summer program, he attended the University of Los Angeles as a theatre major. At eighteen, Ventimiglia began pursuing an acting career, his first starring role was as a gay teenager in Must Be the Music, a short film released as part of Strand Releasing's Boys Life 2. After, he enrolled at UCLA before landing a role on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, he has guest starred on such television series as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, the Teenage Witch and Order: Special Victims Unit and Boston Public. He had the part of the main character, Jed Perry, in the short-lived Fox TV series, Opposite Sex, which aired in 2000. From 2002 to 2006, Ventimiglia played brooding teen Jess Mariano on Gilmore Girls, he signed on for a spin-off of Gilmore Girls called Windward Circle, to be focused on the relationship between Jess and his estranged father, but the proposed series never made it to air. Afterward, he dropped down to a guest star/recurring cast member, he came back for four episodes in season four and two episodes in season six.
In the third and final season of American Dreams, Ventimiglia played Chris Pierce, the rebellious boyfriend of Meg Pryor. In 2005, he starred in the mid-season replacement series The Bedford Diaries; the producers had only Ventimiglia in mind, but the show lasted only eight episodes and was one of several shows not picked up by the newly formed network The CW. In between television work, Ventimiglia had supporting roles in the horror films Cursed, directed by Wes Craven, Stay Alive, as well as starring roles in the short-film Intelligence and the full-length feature Dirty Deeds; the same year, he was cast as Robert "Rocky Jr." Balboa, the son of Rocky Balboa, in the sixth Rocky installment Rocky Balboa, released in December 2006. He starred as Peter Petrelli in the NBC program Heroes, a show about "ordinary" people discovering they have superpowers, portrayed the character until the series' conclusion in 2010. Ventimiglia produced and developed a mini web-series called It's a Mall World as part of a marketing campaign for American Eagle Outfitters in 2007.
In mid-2007 he starred as the love interest of pop/R&B singer Fergie in the music video for "Big Girls Don't Cry". In 2008, he starred as a medical student in the horror film Pathology; the movie co-starred Charmed actress Alyssa Milano and was directed by Marc Schölermann for MGM. In 2005, Divide Pictures created the DSC, or Divide Social Club, an online and global social network for like-minded people co-founded by Ventimiglia with his best friends Russ Cundiff and Dino DeMilio, a radio producer for The Tom Leykis Show. Ventimiglia and Divide Pictures partnered with Top Cow to produce the comic series REST which will be a monthly limited series; the comic is about John Barrett, a white-collar New Yorker whose life changes when he becomes addicted to a drug that prevents him from falling asleep. Divide has a comic book called Berserker written by Rick Loverd. After working with writers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor on Pathology, Ventimiglia appeared in the pair's next film, Gamer. Ventimig
Giovanni II Ventimiglia, 6th Marquis of Geraci
Giovanni II Ventimiglia y Moncada, 6th Marquis of Geraci, 6th Marquis since 1545, deceased 1553, was the grandfather of another Giovanni Ventimiglia, erroneously described till now in the lists of Viceroys of Sicily as Giovanni II, but who should be better described as Giovanni III Ventimiglia e Ventimiglia, President of Sicily Kingdom, 1595, 1598 and 1608, from the noble Sicilian House of Ventimiglia family. The 6th Marquis, Giovanni II Ventimiglia y Moncada, was the son of Simone I Ventimiglia, 5th Marquis of Geraci, who had married Isabella Moncada, from the Counts of Aderno He was, since 1527, the husband of powerful Spanish- Sicilian noble woman Isabel de Moncada y La Grua, niece of Hugo of Moncada, daughter of Hugo's brother, Juan de Moncada y de Tolça, 3rd Count of Marmilia and 1st Count of Aitona; the title of Marquis of Geraci was awarded in 1436 to the 7th Count of Geraci, Giovanni I Ventimiglia, 1st Marquis of Geraci, by the Aragonese Crown, ruling in Sicily since the Sicilian Vespers, 1282.
Date in which they were called to push out the French Angevin rulers, imposed after 1266 by the Roman Catholic Pope capricious favors, on the Sicilian people, a former Norman descendants kingdom since about 1130. Giovanni I Ventimiglia, eighth count of Geraci. Grande Ammiraglio del Regno, Viceré di Sicilia, 1430–1432, Governatore del Regno di Napoli, 1435, Viceroy of Duchy Athens and Neopatria, 1444, Regent of Naples Kingdom, 1460, Captain General of the Church, 1445 and 1455. Giovanni had married twice: Agata d'Aragona dei Baroni di Caccamo, Isabella Ventimiglia dei Signori di Ciminna, with issue; this is a short resume, after the year 1480, year of the death of: 1).- Antonio I Ventimiglia, 2nd Marquis of Geraci, a.k.a. Antonio Ventimiglia y de Aragon, 2nd Marquis since 1475, Grand Admiral and General Captain of Sicily, deceased 1480, who had married in 1444 to Margherita Guilhem de Clermont-Lodève, sister in law of Ferdinand I of Naples and one of the daughters of Tristan de Clermont, the powerful and influential Count of Copertino and Matera.
1.1) and 1.2).-: From 1480 to 1490 the 3rd Marquisate of Geraci was held by a "Ventimiglia - Chiaromonte" male, Enrico IV Ventimiglia, 3rd Marquis of Geraci, deceased in 1493, a.k.a. Enrico IV Ventimiglia y Chiaromonte. In 1480, while being under the age of 36 by he got married with a powerful and with long links with the Aragonese Crown, a "Luna" family woman, an influential Spanish family in Sicily, going back to the 14th century at least, Eleonora de Luna and with deep dynastic connections with the Aragonese Royalty, since no less than the 14th century. From this marriage, there was as an issue to the title on Filippo Ventimiglia, 4th Marquis of Geraci, a.k.a. Filippo Ventimiglia y Luna, born after 1480, successor to the Marquisate in 1490 as a child, but deceased however in 1497, aged 16 or 17 at the most, it was the turn to be 5th Marquis of Geraci, to his brother Simone I Ventimiglia,5th Marquis of Geraci, a.k.a. Simone Ventimiglia y Luna, deceased 1544, aged around 59. Simone Ventimiglia was President of Deputato del Regno di Sicilia.
Simone I Ventimiglia y Luna, 5th Marchese di Geraci, married Isabella Moncada, from the Counts of Aderno, the eldest surviving male son was just Giovanni II Ventimiglia, 6th Marquis of Geraci, deceased 1553, a.k.a. Giovanni II Ventimiglia y Moncada. Therefore, Giovanni II who inherited the title at the death of his father Simone, deceased 1544, who died in 1553, some 8–9 years depending on his acknowledged date on inheritance to the 6th Marquisate, must have had his succession recognized under the leadership of his natural Lord, king Charles I of Spain, a.k.a. Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, having issue with another "Moncada" woman, but this time, from Aitona or Aytona, near Lleida, Spain. Giovanni II Ventimiglia was Deputato del Regno di Sicilia; the town of Geraci is located in the province of Palermo, Italy. Let us explain first the family relations between the Spanish "Moncada" political leaders in the kingdoms of Naples and in Sicily at the early 16th century and the important Sicilian-Calabrese family associated to the House of Ventimiglia, interconnecting with the Palermo based "La Grua" military family: Hugo of Moncada y de Tolça, Viceroy of Sicily, 1509–1517, Viceroy of Naples, 1527–1528, was a young brother of Juan de Moncada y de Tolça, 1st count of Aitona..
The title of Count of Aitona was modified to Marquisate by king Philip II of Spain on 1 October 1581 on behalf of Francisco de Moncada y de Cardona, Count of Ossona, Viscount of Cabrera, Viscount of Bas, Viceroy of Catalonia, 1580–1581, deceased 1594. Giovanni II Ventimiglia, son in law of Juan de Moncada y de Tolça, 1st count of Aitona, in 1532, deceased after 1536, brother in law of Francisco de Moncada y de Cardona, deceased 1594, was a keen supporter of the mathematical sciences, besides being twice Viceroy of Sicily, 1595–1598 and 1606–1607, he supported the efforts of scientist Francesco Maurolico. Https://sites.google.com/a/centrostudiventimigliani.com/www-centrostudiventimigliani-com/ http://www.g