Della Rovere family

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Della Rovere was a noble historical family of Italy. Coming from modest beginnings in Savona, Liguria, the family rose to prominence through nepotism and ambitious marriages arranged by two Della Rovere popes, Francesco della Rovere, who ruled as Pope Sixtus IV (1471-1484) and his nephew Giuliano (Pope Julius II, 1503-1513). 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.

The most successful match established a line of dukes of Urbino. That dynasty ended in 1626 when Pope Urban VIII incorporated Urbino into the papal dominions, the gift of the weary last duke, Francesco Maria II, in retirement after the death of his heir, Francesco Ubaldo.

While Vittoria, last descendant of the della Rovere family (she was the only child of Federico Ubaldo), married Ferdinando II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany. They had two children: Cosimo III, Tuscany's longest reigning monarch, and Francesco Maria de' Medici, a prince of the Church.

Dukes of Urbino

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Dotted lines indicate aliases (where a person appears more than once in the tree.
Small caps text indicates the surname of the children (regardless of number) of a union.
All persons have the surname Della Rovere unless otherwise indicated.

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