Porto Nuovo 1811: lo Sbarco
Porto Nuovo, the Landing AD 1811
Next edition dates to be announced (the event was last held in 2013)
Portonovo (Ancona, Marche)
Portonovo (once known as Porto Nuovo), is a charming hamlet of Ancona (the capital city of Marche region) and a famous Adriatic seaside-resort dominated by the northern slopes of Mount Conero, a 572 m high promontory covered by a dense shrubland, a protected ecological area with many trails with breathtaking panoramas, archeological and historical sites, like the medieval church of Santa Maria built by Benedictine monks, the Clementine Tower (from the name of Pope Clement XI) erected in 1716 to stop the raids of the Adriatic pirates, and finally the “Napoleonic fort” ordered in year 1810 by General Eugene de Beauharnais, Viceroy of Italy, to defend the southern flank of Ancona from the attacks of the British vessels.
The yearly event takes place along Portonovo’s Bay of Calcagno to commemorate the time of the Napoleonic Adriatic Campaign and the second Battle of Lissa, from the name of a Croatian island (Vis in present-day), located off the coast of Split and at that time an important military base used by the British Navy to raid against shipping convoys, towns and forts along the Italian coasts. The naval battle, fought on 13 March 1811 between the British vessels and a French-Italian fleet sailed from Ancona to invade and capture the island ended with the victory of the British Navy which confirmed its dominion over the sea, and soon after, on May 2nd, even counter-attacked trying to land in Portonovo. But the local French-italian garrison, despite suffering several losses, managed to reject the raid and to save the local vessels thanks to the deployment of the costal heavy artillery and the support of the courageous Napoleonic corsairs from Ancona. Besides the landing reenactment with British vessels and marines attacking the Napoleonic fort, the rich programme provides also guided tours at the historical camps offering a deep insight into the 19th century military and civil daily life, as well as dance performances in period dresses and uniforms, several cultural and recreational events including lectures, postmark, exhibitions, and historical banquets.
Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.
Info & Contact
Comitato Promotore "Porto Nuovo 1811"
Ancona City Council
Address: Largo XXIV Maggio,1 - I 60123 Ancona
Tel.: +39 071 222 1 - +39 071 222 4343
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