There were two families, the Torriani and the della Torre, who apparently merged around 1200. The old family was Torriani, the new one were the della Torre, a member of which had ascendancy after the Crusades. The Torriani were Guelfs and were overlords of several cities in Lombardy until they were ousted by the Viscontis in the early 1300s. Napo Torriani is perhaps the most famous one. There is a street named after him in Milan. I read this in a German book about "The Great Families of Italy".
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