Between A.D. 1309 and A.D. 1312 the Monastery of St. Ambrose handed the
whole territories of Capiate, Villa Capiate, Greghentino, and Miglianico,
over to Obizzo Bernareggio and Febo Della Torre
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In Milan and surroundings, the Ghibellines family of Visconti and the
Guelph one of Torriani (or Della Torre) were engaging in the struggle
for predominance that however was at its final peak. Likely the Torriani
purchased the Castle of Capiate and the adjacent lands in order to
improve the control of territory and also acquire assets suitable to
enhance the family wealth.
Obizzo Da Bernareggio was a rich owner of lands situated near Vimercate.
He was the commander of some Torriani’s troops.
Febo Della Torre was the nephew of the most famous member of the
Torriani family, named Napo. Febo was also Cassone’s cousin, the
Archbishop of Milan at that time.
Eventually, when the defeated Torriani left Milan (between A.D 1311 and
A.D. 1324), Febo went to Trieste and Aquileia, where he bought
properties and had important roles. He died in A.D. 1328.
Febo Della Torre is one of the most important ancestors of Princes Thurn
und Taxis, also Dukes of Duino, the noble family who still live in the
Castle of Duino near Trieste.
After their expulsion from Milan, the Torriani were considered outlaws.
Likely Febo lost the property rights in the Duchy of Milan;
consequently, Obizzo became the sole owner of the Capiate possession.
Last information about Obizzo dates from A.D. 1322, when he conquered
Monza. He had at least a child, perhaps a foster-child, named Francesco
Foppa Bernareggio. In A.D. 1376 he sold the Capiate possession to the