Stemma degli Oddi

The Oddi family, one of the noblest families in Italy, have very ancient origins that are combined with the myth. Most of the ancient historians believe them to be of Hungarian origin, who had come to Perugia in the retinue of the Emperor Frederick I from Swabia. However, the Oddi have been among the leading figures of Perugia since the thirteenth century. The Oddi family had the feudal rule of many castles in Umbria, including Laviano, Lisciano, Pierle, Poggio Aquilone. The history family was characterized by a long and bloody conflict between the Baglioni, popular and Ghibelline, and the Oddi, representative of the aristocratic and the Guelph party of Perugia.

The dispute seemed to cease in 1474 with the marriage between Sforza degli Oddi and Isabetta Baglioni, but since 1482 it had begun again violently causing the conflict broken out on 28 October 1488 which ended with the Baglioni' s victory and the expulsion and seizure of all possessions and the feudal estate of the Oddi.

Thanks to Julius II' s will, the Oddi, being returned from exile, in 1506 recovered their estate. When Paolo III finally eliminated the Baglioni' s home by building the Rocca Paolina, "so that they could not govern Perugia to their liking", thanks to their unquestioned loyalty to the papacy, in the following centuries the family acquired more and more political and mainly economic power.

On 5th December 1942, after the death of Maria Vittoria degli Oddi, formerly married to Luigi Marini Clarelli, the main branch of the family ended. Her son, Angelo Marini Clarelli, who married Angela Guglielmi, had four children: Pietro, Maddalena, Luisa and Barbara who also inherited the estate of their unmarried uncle Antonio.