Napoleone a Cherasco
Napoleon in Cherasco
2016 dates to be announced
Cherasco (Cuneo province, Piemonte region)
Cherasco is a town nestled on a spur overlooking the Langhe hilly area and the Alps and surrounded by star-shaped ramparts, at about 50 km from Turin and 40 km from Cuneo in region Piedmont. The today Cherasco was refounded during the Middle Ages in AD 1243 on the former ancient roman village of Clerascum as witnessed by its grid plan. Soon Cherasco became a free commune (a medieval city-state) and got involved in the struggles between Guelphs and Ghibellines, and from the 16th to the 20th century hosted a prosperous Jewish community with the ghetto, the cemetery, the 18th century synagogue with a fine Baroque Torah ark and bimah. Cherasco is historically famous for the armistice signed in April 1796 by the French Republic and the Kingdom of Sardinia during the First Napoleonic Campaign in Italy.
And every year the town hosts a great historical event to commemorate the Armistice of Cherasco featuring hundreds of reenactors from all over Europe and making the atmosphere and the armies of the Napoleonic Age to relive through artillery, infantry and cavalry units, as well as sutlers and other camp followers. The French Army led by the young Napoleon Bonaparte, after defeating the Austrian at the battles of Montenotte and Dego in Liguria, launched a lightning invasion of Piedmont definitely smashing the Savoy armies at the Battle of Mondovi, on April 20, and forcing the king Vittorio Amedeo III to negotiations. The result was the armistice signed in Cherasco on April 28 which sanctioned the withdrawal of Piedmont from the hostilities and the occupation of the south western Piedmont. The rich programme includes military maneuvers and drills, night patrols, the guard of honor and the troops parade, guided tours at the historical camps, simulated skirmishes and battles in the countryside and in the old town, the reenactment of the armistice between French and Piedmontese plenipotentiaries, but also many cultural initiatives like lectures and conferences, exhibitions, Napoleonic memorabilia market, music and dance shows.
Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.
Info & Contact
Fondazione De Benedetti - Cherasco 1547
Tel: +39 0172-427050 / 489382
Cherasco Town Council
Address: Via Vittorio Emanuele 79 - 12062 Cherasco (Cuneo)
Tel.: +39 0172 427050 – Fax: +39 0172 427055
Facebook page for 2015 edition: https://www.facebook.com/events/977114575652000
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Video reportages from the event: