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The Tombesis among Ferrara, Ravenna, Venice and the Marche.


The Tombesis, native of Ferrara, they were transferred to Ravenna already in the one thousand three hundred, during the Dominion Polentana, taking residence in home of the SS. Giovanni and Paolo. In fact a Jacobo said dall'Ova child of Giovanni Tombesio of Ferrara, results in a city cadastre as owner, of a house with adjacent barn to a belonging building to the order of the Calzolaris.


The Tombesis dall'Ova especially distinguished him in the weapons.

In the following century, in the last times of the Dominion Polentana, finds another Jacobo Tombesi dall'Ova persecuted, with Obizzo Monaldini, Jacopo Raisi and Matteo Balbi, what exponent of a conspiracy that has for purpose to chase Ostasio da Polenta and to deliver Ravenna to Venice.



And' therefore under the Venetian domination and later still that the family of the Tombesis climbs the staircase of the public notoriety. Can be quoted Gurlino of the Tombesis , captain of the Venetian Republic, defender of Pisa against the Florentines, distinguished him in numerous battles against the French of Charles VIII. Sent then from Venice in Morea (Greece) in help of city threatened by the Turks, glowed for warlike virtue. To the siege of Cefalonia, island of the Ionian, brought so serious wounds that owed move to country, where its state worsened so that in the first ones of 1500 it came to death.

Ravenna rendered him solemn honors and he was buried in the church of S. Nicolò of the Monks Eremitani

Church of St. Nicolò - Ravenna
The headstone that covered its grave was transferred then and situated in the XVIII century in the wall side south of the beautiful Eighteenth-century little church of S. Carlino, posts to halves the street that was devoted to the same Tombesi















Church of St. Carlino - Street Tombesi dall'Ova











In the same headstone is read:
Tombesius Gurlinus erat patriaq ravennas... Praefectus militum fidus Venetiq Senatus... Pater omnipotens traxit ad astra virum anno salutis 1501, 7 K. Mah».



From "Her feasts memories in ancient Ravenna." G. Fabri, Venetia 1664:
"... near the side door of this church (S. Nicolò) it is the sepulchre of Gurlino Tombesi, our noble citizen and very famous capitan of the past century, which served in the military for the Venetian Republic with great glory of the country... brought him to the siege of Cefalonia, island, he was seriously wounded so that, made unable to wage war, withdrawn him in the country ivi shortly after it died, to whose dead body celebrated they were in this church pompous obsequieses."

 His child Gurlotto followed the tracks of his father in the military career. It was general of the emperor Massimiliano of Asburgo near which enjoyed fame and honors. Returned to Ravenna, he was killed together heathenly to other eminent citizens of part guelfa in the Chamber of the Council of Elders ones from conspirators of the contrary faction led by the Rasponi in the July 4 th 1522.


Massimiliano I D'Asburgo
child of Federico III d'Asburgo and Eleonora del Portogallo



The Street Tombesi dall'Ova in Ravenna


And' so had called since 1882. In precedence she was constituted by two street lines with different denomination: road from the Ova and road S. Carlino. Road from the Ova - from the street of door Ursicina (street Mazzini) in the road S. Charles (street M. Dente).

The by takings this name a few times after 1522 from the noble family of the Tombesis, said by the Ova, that they lived the house it posts in the angle against the street Mazzini.
And' only during the century XVI, that is after the Tombesis move to this place, that the region of Calcavinazza gradually starts to change his/her own denomination in that
street from the Ova.

Historical references in Ravenna (*)

— Anno 1252 e. - Cane. 528/95 — Arch. St. Com. — «
Jacobus de Tombesiis habet (in guaita ss. Johannis et Pauli) unam domum cum garnariis quam habitat, juxia viam dictum Matheum, Ordinem calzolariorum»
— Anno 1351/15/9 - R.B. — Arch. St. Com. — «... jacobus Tombesius cui dicitur ab Ovis...»

— Anno 1369,28.3 — R.B. — «
Jacobus ab Ovis filius Johannis Tombexii de Feraria, mine habitator Ravenne in guaita SS. Jo. et Pauli fecit testamenlum»
— Anno 1481, 28.8 - Arch. Not. LXXIII/47 — Arch. di Stato — Contratto per acquisto di una casa «... posita in guaita sancte Agathe majoris in contrata Calcavinatie...»

— Anno 1611, 30.12 — R.B. — «... domus posila in civitate Ravenne in guaita sancte Agate majoris in contrata vulgariter nuncupata olim Calcavinazza et hodie

— Da «Le sagre memorie di Ravenna antica». G. Fabri, Venetia 1664:
«... presso la porta laterale di questa chiesa (S. Nicolò) sta il sepolcro di
Gurlino Tombesi, nostro nobilissimo cittadino e capitan celeberrimo del passato secolo, il quale con gloria grande della patria militò per la Repubblica veneta... portatosi all'assedio di Cefalonia, isola, rimase gravemente ferito onde, reso inabile al guerreggiare, ritiratosi nella patria ivi poco dopo morì, al cui cadavere celebrate furono in questa chiesa pompose esequie».

(*) Le notizie sono tratte da OCR (Odonomastica Comune Ravenna)