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Savona, the Italian city and capital of the province of the same name in Liguria, was first the scene of many clashes during the first Italian Campaign led by Napoleon. But the town also became the place of detention of Pius VII between 1809 and 1812. Napoleon, faced with the deterioration of relations with the papacy, considered fixing the seat of the papacy in France, in Avignon or in Paris.

Savona, today


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Napoleonic places

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The links between Napoleon and Liguria are numerous. The first Italian campaign had in fact permanently upset the geopolitical order of the Italian peninsula by establishing French influence there for almost two decades, which would flourish to varying degrees until 1815.

The region of Liguria will also be annexed, being part of the French Empire from 1805 until the Congress of Vienna in 1814. But the region is above all closely linked to the intimate history of Napoleon: the Bonaparte family originated from the town of Sarzana in Liguria, and emigrated to Corsica at the end of the 15th century and the beginning of the 16th century. 

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