Tolomeo Gallio

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Tolomeo Gallio
Cardinal-Bishop of Ostia e Velletri
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Church Catholic Church
In office1603–1607
Predecessor Alfonso Gesualdo di Conza
Successor Domenico Pinelli
Created cardinal3 February 1607
Rank Cardinal Bishop
Personal details
Born25 September 1527
Died3 or 4 February 1607 (age 79)
Rome, Italy

Tolomeo Gallio (also spelled Gallo and Galli; 25 September 1527 3 or 4 February 1607) was an Italian Cardinal.



In the time of Pope Gregory XIII, he acted as papal secretary of state (in office 1572 to 1585), having a key role in the curia. [1]

He built the Villa d'Este, in his birthplace Cernobbio, in 1568, as a summer residence; and the Palazzo Gallio of Gravedona.

He was bishop of Martirano in 1560, archbishop of Manfredonia in 1562, bishop of Albano in 1587, bishop of Sabina in 1589, bishop of Frascati in 1591, bishop of Porto e Santa Rufina in 1600, bishop of Ostia in 1603.

Tolomeo in 1595 acquired the County of Alvito (later Duchy) in southern Lazio, which he assigned to his nephew Tolomeo; the Gallio family held the fief until 1806.

Episcopal succession


  1. Ippolito, Antonio Menniti (2002). "The Secretariat of State as the pope's special ministry". In Signorotto, Gianvittorio; Visceglia, Maria Antonietta (eds.). Court and Politics in Papal Rome, 1492–1700. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 142–143. doi:10.1017/CBO9780511496929.007. ISBN   9780521641463.
  2. 1 2 Cheney, David M. "Tolomeo Cardinal Gallio". . Retrieved June 16, 2018. [self-published]

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