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Visit of H.S.H. Prince Albert II to Italy - 15 and 16 May 2018

As part of His regular trips to territories linked historically to His family and to receive the honorary doctorate which was awarded to Him by the University of Naples, H.S.H. Prince Albert II went to Italy, on 15 and 16 May 2018, for a friendly visit.

On Tuesday, 15 May, H.S.H. Prince Albert II was welcomed by Valentina PONTROMOLI, Mayor of Bardi (Emilia-Romagna). The Sovereign visited the castle, where a decor with a monumental fresco was discovered a few years ago, representing the crest and views of the various possessions of Prince Honoré II of Monaco in the early 17th century.

In 1595, Hercule I Grimaldi had married Marie Landi, sister of Federico Landi, Prince of Val di Taro. Bardi was one of the strongholds of this small sovereignty which was integrated into the Duchy of Parma in 1682. Marie Landi died in 1599 and Hercule I was assassinated in 1604. Federico Landi then took personal charge of his nephew Honoré II of Monaco, who himself adopted the title of prince in 1612. The young sovereign spent time in Bardi, until his marriage in 1616, which explains the presence of this decor dedicated to the Grimaldis in the castle.
HSH the Prince continued His visit, still in the province of Parma, in the commune of Compiano, also a former fiefdom of the Landis. There, the Sovereign opened a renovated square, at the foot of the castle.

On Wednesday, 16 May, at the Villa Doria d’Angri, annexe of the University of Naples "Parthenope", H.S.H. Prince Albert II received an honorary doctorate in Science and Navigational Techniques; a distinction recognising the actions that He leads to promote biodiversity, sustainable development and to combat global warming, particularly in the Mediterranean, in His capacities as Head of State and Chair of the Foundation Prince Albert II of Monaco. This ceremony took place in the presence of dignitaries from the University and many students.

In the afternoon, the Prince visited the town of Campagna, southeast of Naples, fiefdom of the House of Grimaldi from 1532 to 1641.

In 1524, the Grimaldis of Monaco placed themselves under the protection of Habsburg Spain. In 1532, to consolidate the alliance, Emperor Charles V, who also dominated the southern Italian peninsula as King of the Two Sicilies, awarded the Marquisate of Campagna to the lords of Monaco. The title of Marquis of Campagna was borne by the heir to the throne of Monaco, before it became Marquis of Baux from 1642. In fact, in 1641, the fiefdom of Campagna was withdrawn from the Grimaldi family, as the princes of Monaco broke with Spain, placing themselves under the protection of France.

During the Grimaldi administration, Campagna became an important cultural and economic centre. This period is considered the Golden Age of the city. Many religious and civic buildings were built and the first literary academies emerged.

During His visit, H.S.H. Prince Albert II, guided by the Mayor, Roberto Monaco, was able to find out about various records from the Grimaldi period. In front of the former Palace of Governors, "Largo Principi di Monaco", the Sovereign Prince unveiled a plaque commemorating His visit, before presiding over the installation of the information panel of the "Grimaldi of Monaco Historic Sites " network association, of which the community of Campagna is a member, as are Bardi and Compiano.

During these two days in Italy, in each of these cities, the Prince went to meet many people who came to welcome Him with fervour and enthusiasm.

Visit of H.S.H. Prince Albert II to Italy - 15 and 16 May 2018