Destination Napoleon 2022
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While the town was experiencing a period of strong economic growth, the territory of Balestrino became the scene of violent clashes between the local population and Napoleon's armies during the Battle of Loano in 1795. Having won, Napoleon entered northern Italy, annexing Balestrino to the Empire. In 1815 it became part of the Kingdom of Sardinia and then of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861.

Balestrino, today





Napoleonic places

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"The village of Balestrino in Liguria is made up of two parts, the city, where the inhabitants live today, which lies at the foot of the hill, and an abandoned village which lies at the top of the hill. Abandoned since 1953, this mysterious ghost village of Balestrino is both frightening and mysterious,

beautiful and simply fascinating". It is one of the most visited and popular ghost villages in the country, receiving thousands of visitors each year. Despite the lack of information about the origins of the village,  the best preserved building is the Byzantine castle of Del Carretto.

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