The Gallelli Barons of
Badolato were the last feudal lords of Badolato and, having had
political and judicial power over their feu, were able to influence
and control the territory, the economy and the village.
The noble family
originally Dalmatian of Zadar, the Gallelli are cited for the first
time in the twelfth century of the one hundred patrician families in
Zadar. Among the most illustrious ancestors are the bishops Zaratini
Petrus 1138. Gallis and Lampridio Gallellus 1148.
The design of the
armiger’s coat of arms originates in the original coat used by
Gallelli in Zadar: on a red field a silver rooster, standing on a
green mountain of three peaks. It is though that the “modern” coat
possibly came about following the migration of the race from
Calabria but it is not known why they added the black eagle, and red
One of his most
important of the family’s ancestors was Baron Don Giuseppe Gallelli,
lawyer, Mayor of the nobles of Badolato from 1871 to 1888. crown
knight of Italy. Intelligent and farsighted, he was one of the first
to understand the need 'of a national monarchy which when unified
would be able to cope with the monarchies of the great European
The Armiger and his
brother, Don Alberto Gallelli Benso are, by decree of the President
of the Republic (1999) allowed to add to their own, the surname of
their mother, Benso.
The armiger’s older
brother, Don Hector is the eleventh Gallelli Baron of Badolato ,
Patrician of Stilo, Earl of Pago and Ninth and Patrician of Zara,
knight of Malta, knights of St. John in Catanzaro, knight jure
sanguinis of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George
Spain, and in the last guard of honour at the Savoy royal tombs.
The Armiger is
engaged in the management of the family real estate company along
with his brother.