Ancient and noble Italian family, with residence in Presicce, Lecce, Casarano, Naples and Rome and with a branch also in Spain, that has worldwide spread, over the centuries. In Italy the family was better known as Arditi while in Spain as Ardito or Ardite. After the bloody battles of Pavia in 1299 and 1300, the exponents of the Beccaria and Conti families had to abandon their lands; the Conti family took refuge in Naples changing the surname in Arditi or Ardito and put the phoenix in the coat of arms as a sign of rebirth. The fiefdom of Valentini, in Principality Citra, belonged to the Ardito family already at the time of King Alfonso of Aragon, in fact it turns out that in 1444 Pietro A., baron of Valentini, paid the sum of six ounces and "tarì" twenty-six for contribution imposed to the baronage of the Kingdom. Giuseppe Leonardo A. ...
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Variations Last Name: Arditi,Ardite (Spain)
1° Coat of arms of family Ardito
Language of the text: English
Azure, a a phoenix in flames or looking dexter a sun in his splendour of the same.
Source of the blazon: "Enciclopedia Storico-Nobiliare Italiana di V. SPRETI" Volume I.
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