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Visit by H.S.H. the Prince to Calabria

On 9 May 2019, as part of His regular travels to the territories historically linked to His family, H.S.H. Prince Albert II visited San Demetrio Corone (Calabria, Italy) a village of 3,500 inhabitants, for a friendly visit.

On Thursday 9 May 2019, in the early afternoon, H.S.H. Prince Albert II, who was welcomed at the entrance to the village by the Mayor of San Demetrio Corone, Mr Salvatore Lamirata, unveiled a plaque identifying it as belonging to the network of "Historic Sites of the Grimaldis of Monaco".

The barony of San Demetrio was granted in 1309 to Rainier I Grimaldi (approx. 1267-1314) by Robert I of Anjou, King of Naples.
It passed to his son Vinciguerra who ceded it, along with the lordship of Cagnes, to his brother Charles, Lord of Monaco from 1331, Lord of Menton from 1346 and of Roquebrune from 1355.
The territory was repeatedly confiscated and conceded, before King Louis III of Naples returned the barony on 20 February 1421, by a dated letter from Aversa, to Ambroise, Antoine and Jean I, joint Lords of Monaco, in reward for the services of their fleet.
After the unveiling of the plaque, H.S.H. the Prince, guided by the Mayor and accompanied by members of the Muncipal Council, visited the Sant’Adriano church which dates from the 11th century and has the remains of Byzantine style ceramic decorations with animal and anthropomorphic motifs.

Following this the Sovereign Prince unveiled a plaque commemorating His visit before receiving honorary citizenship of the commune.

During this visit, H.S.H. Prince Albert II went to meet the many people who came to greet Him (more than 500 of them). He also met the mayors of Cittanova and Gerace (Calabria), municipalities which are also related to the history of a branch of the Grimaldi family, which the Sovereign Prince will visit at a later date.

Visit by H.S.H. the Prince to Calabria