Regia Marina: Names of Cruisers

San Giorgio class

San Giorgio
[Saint George] Martyr of the ancient world, he is usually represented as a warrior killing a drake.

Heavy Cruisers

Named after Italian cities

Bari class

City in southern Italy on the Adriatic Sea.

Taranto class

City and port of south-eastern Italy.

Trento class

City in north-eastern Italy and capital of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Was annexed to the Italian Kingdom after the First World War.
City of northern Italy, annexed to the Italian Kingdom after the First World War.
City of northern Italy, annexed to the Italian Kingdom after the First World War. Commune in Trentino-Alto Adige region.

Zara class

[Zadar] - City in Croatia, part of the Italian Kingdom from 1921 to 1947.
[Rijeka] - City in Croatia, part of the Italian Kingdom from 1924 to 1947.
City of north-eastern Italy, annexed to the Italian Kingdom after the First World War.
[Pula or Pulj] - City in Croatia, part of the Italian Kingdom from 1918 to 1947.

Light Cruisers

Named after captains of fortune and army leaders.

Condottieri class

Alberto di Giussano
[Albert from Giussano] - Captain of fortune and leader of a "Death Company", who fought the battle of Legnano (29 May 1176) leading the troops of Milan against Frederick the Red Bearded, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. During the Risorgimento his name became simbol of freedom for the country.
Bartolomeo Colleoni
(1400-1475) - One of the most famous captain of fortune, fought for Venice and Milan; he was a main actor at the peace of Lodi (1454).
Alberico da Barbiano
(1348-1409) - Captain of fortune, fought with the armies of Naples, Milan, and the Pope.
Giovanni delle Bande Nere
[John of the Black Bands] (1498-1526) A captain of fortune, son of Giovanni de' Medici, of the cadet branch. He died fighting the lansquenet army of Charles V.
Luigi Cadorna
(1850-1928) Italian general, he was the supreme commander of the Italian army till the disastrous battle of Caporetto.
Armando Diaz
(1861-1928) Italian general. He fought in the war with Libia (1911-12) and then in the First World War; he became supreme commander after Cadorna, and as such was in charge during the victorious battle of Vittorio Veneto that concluded the war.
Raimondo Montecuccoli
(1609-1680) General under the Holy Roman Empire, he fought in the Thirty Years War, and in other war of the Empire. He was also a writer of warfare treatises and left many works.
Muzio Attendolo Sforza, Conte di Cotignola
Muzio Attendolo (1369-1424), captain of fortune under various armies. He was nicknamed Sforza by Alberico da Barbiano; he was the father of Francesco I Sforza, Duke of Milan, the founder of the Sforza family.
Emanuele Filiberto Duca d'Aosta
(1528-1580) Captain of fortune under Charles V of Spain. He gained the rule of Savoy, with Nice and Villafranca, moving the capital to Turin.
Eugenio di Savoia
[Eugene of Savoy] (1663-1736) Captain of fortune, he fought with success under Leopold I of Austria against France and the Turks.
Giuseppe Garibaldi
(1807-1882) The most famous Italian general during the Italian Wars for Independence. He was nicknamed the "hero of the two Worlds" after he fought in South America for ten years. He came back to Italy in 1848, where he fought the Austrian in Milan. Then he was the leader of the expedition of the Mille (1 thousand) during ...
Luigi Amedeo di Savoia Duca degli Abruzzi
[Lewis of Savoy Duke of Abruzzi] (1873-1933) Italian explorer, his enterprises were the circumnavigation of the globe (1894-96, 1903-05), the exploration of the Arctict and many climbings. During WWI he was commander in chief of the Italian Navy.

Capitani Romani class

Marco Attilio Regolo
[Marcus Atilius Regulus] (? - 250 BC) Roman general; subject of legendary account of his heroic endurance as a captive in Carthage during the Punic Wars.
Publio Cornelio Scipione Africano
(236 - 183 BC) Roman commander of the most important gens (family) of the Republic of Rome. He commanded the Roman legions against Carthago during the Punic Wars and was the winner at the battle of Zama.
Gneo Pompeo Magno
(106-48 BC) Roman commander, he achieved his glory and triumph in the wars against the pirates and Mithridates of Pontus. He founded the triumvirate with Caesar and Crassus, and fought in a civil war with the former at the death of latter, till his own death.
Caio Mario
(157-86 BC) Roman consul, he was victorious in many wars against the Cimbri and Teutons. Then he fought a civil war against Silla till his death.
Claudio Tiberio Nerone Germanico
(10 BC - 54 AD) Roman emperor, son of Druso and brother of Germanico. He was more liberal than his precedessors and interested in reforming the empire. He was assasinated with poison, probably by his wife Agrippina, mother of Nero.
Lucio Paolo Emilio
(?-216 BC) Roman consul, he was the commander of the Roman legions at the defeat of Cannae, where he died.
Lucio Cornelio Silla
(138-78 BC) Roman leader and statesman. He was the enemy of Mario during the civil wars, which he won with the seizure of the capital, Rome. He suppressed all the opposition in the blood, putting in shadow his memory.
Caio Giulio Cesare Ottaviano Augusto
(63 BC - 14 AD) Born Caio Ottavio, he became adoptive son of Julius Caesar. At the death of his father, he acquired his name and vindicated his assassination. After the triumvirate with Antonio and Lepido, he started a civil war, that ended with his total control of the army. He became the first emperor of Rome, acquiring the title of Augustus.
Marco Ulpio Traiano
(53-117 AD) Roman emperor. He commanded the Roman army in various wars in the east, expanding the borders and creating new provinces.
Vipsanio Agrippa
[Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa] (63 BC - 12 AD) Roman army leader, great commander in many military expeditions under the Empire of Octavian.
Nerone Claudio Druso
(38-9 BC) Roman commander, he conquested the region of the Danube, that became a Roman province, and fought against German people. He was the father of Germanico and the emperor Claudio.
Giulio Cesare Germanico
(15 BC - 19 AD) German commander, he fought in the German region where he recieved his nickname (Germanicus = of Germany). He then when in the East, expanding the Roman Empire. He is the father of the emperor Caligola and grandfather of the emperor Nero.