Palazzo Canavese, Napoleone

Nel segno di Napoleone
Under Napoleon's sign
21.05.2017 to be confirmed (biennial, every odd year)
Palazzo Canavese (Torino, Piemonte)

The Event

The event takes place in Palazzo Canavese, a village located at the foot of a moraine hill known as “Serra Morenica”, near Lake Viverone, in a rural territory characterized by cultivated fields (wheat, soybeans and corn) in the plain, thick woods and vineyards along the slopes of the hills, about 60 km from Turin, in Piedmont region. The village has a very ancient history and its origins are supposed to date back to the Ancient Rome Age when it was a Palatium (part of the way stations and inns system along the main roads and used to host vip travelers) or a castrum (the legionary fortified camp), as witnessed by several remains and archaeological findings all over the territory.

One of the main events of the local history took place in year 1800, when the French army led by the young General Napoleon Bonaparte, after having occupied the Aosta Valley through the Great St Bernard pass on May 15th, and freed Ivrea on May 22th, faced several skirmishes with the Austrian-Piedmontese rearguard just in the surroundings of Palazzo. The decisive victory at the River Chiusella Battle on May 26th allowed the French to take full control of the Canavese territory and march on in their unstoppable advance until Napoleon’s victory at Marengo on June 14th. And so every odd year in May the glory and the atmosphere of the Napoleonic Age relive through a great historical event featuring hundreds of reenactors and faithful historical camps where the audience will experience a deep insight into the daily life of the period. The rich programme includes military maneuvers and drills, guided tours, 19th Century and traditional music and dance shows, exhibitions, historical and local cuisine in the inns and taverns, the traditional crafts market, the historical parade, and finally in the nearby fields as well as in the old town the reenactment of the intense skirmishes between the French and the Austrian-Piedmontese troops.

"Waiting for Napoleon" is a smaller historical event which takes place every even year, without any battle reenactment, but focused on the daily life during the Napoleonic Age, and including crafts markets, guided tours at the historical camp, military maneuvers and drills, 19th Century and traditional music and dance shows, and the tasting of the typical local cuisine.

The Programme

Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.

Info & Contact

Pro Loco Palazzo Canavese

Palazzo Canavese City Council
Address: Via V. Emanuele II 1 - 10010 Palazzo Canavese (Torino)
Tel.: (+39) 0125579021 - Fax: (+39) 0125579039

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