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Marengo, reenacting to get to the heart of history.

The meticulous work performed by the reenactors to reconstruct historical events also provides interesting refinements for the audience. This emerged from the meeting between the representatives of the historical reenactment groups gathered in the renovated Marengo Auditorium to discuss the national schedule of events for 2022.
The Italian tricolour in green, white and red, waved on 16 November 1796 at the battle on the Arcole bridge by the Mounted Company of the Lombard Legion, preceded the adoption of the banner on 7 January 1797 in Reggio Emilia by the Cispadane Republic, a sovereign Italian state subject to the First French Republic. A tiny cockade was donated to the reenactors: the tape made from the circular plissage of parallel stripes – green in the centre, white in the middle area, red at the edge – is included in the list of Italian patriotic symbols: the cockade is a reproduction of the flag viewed from above and wrapped around the flagpole.
The Province” declared Enrico Bussalino (President of the Province of Alessandria), “was the administrative subdivision of the Italian Republic under Napoleon from 1802 to 1805: the Emperor of the French had foreseen its potential for the annexed territory. The attention dedicated by the provincial administration to the revival of the Marengo site is also supported by the institution of the delegation to the Marengo Pole”.
“Marengo – added Maurizio Sciaudone (provincial Councillor delegated to the Marengo Pole) – is the natural home for reenactors and belongs to the history of Italy and Europe. This site is devoted to international diplomacy”.
“The vast area involved in the Napoleonic era, which also extended from Genoa to Marengo, – declared Domenico Miloscio (Mayor of Pozzolo Formigaro) – embraces Novi and Pozzolo: here the castle was used as a general headquarters by Field Marshal Aleksandr Suvorov at the time of the Battle of Novi (15 August 1799) between the Armée d’Italie and the Austro-Russian enemy. The reevoker promotes Napoleon’s positive legacy: the Code Napoleon, the civil code in force in France, was the model for similar collections in numerous states around the world”.
“This path – concluded Cherima Fteita Final ( Councillor for events and exhibitions – Municipality of Alessandria), – is facilitated by the reenactment: the reenactor exhibits historical intelligence in order to expand the cultural, civil, entrepreneurial power to the capital of Alessandria and the provincial territory”.