The Montalto Family

The Montalto family are of Norman descent. The family archives date back to ancient Rome. Today the Montalto family holds the titles of Duke of Fragnito, Duke of Tocco, Prince of Lequile, Marquis of Pontelatrone, and Patrician of Naples. (See

Duke Massimo Montalto di Fragnito was Chamberlain to the Royal Court. Another Montalto ancestor was Governor of Sicily and the original Norman Palace, Palazzo Montalto, can still be seen in Siracusa.

Sant Andrea della Valle, Rome’s most theatrical basilica, which inspired the first act of the opera Tosca, was completed largely at the expense of Cardinal Montalto, nephew of Pope Sixtus (1520-1590), a family ancestor.

David Maude-Roxby-Montalto di Fragnito, the 13th Duke of Fragnito, is a world renowned artist craftsman. His work is held in some of the world’s most prestigious private collections and museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Please visit for more information.