The aim of this article is twofold. First, to show how Genoa tried to organize its territory in the early fourteenth century and how widespread still were seigneuries, even in areas under city control; secondly, to demonstrate the importance of analyzing the persistence of these feudal powers and the links between city and territory related to the presence in both areas of powerful family confederacies, the so-called alberghi. The article is based on two lists of places (1303-1313) written for different purposes, which enable us to map out castellanie and podesterie where the Genoese Commune exercised a definite control. Within the limits of the most accessible sources (the Ge noese Libri jurium), an inquiry has been made into the nature of both communal and feudal authorities, the latter especially in connection with the Doria albergo. Scholars are invited to delve further into the Genoese notarial records, which have so far been hardly explored in this perspective.
Keywords: 13th-14th Centuries, Genoa, Liguria, castellanie and podesterie, lordship, Genoese alberghi.