Between June 10 and June 11 a re-enactment of the Battle of Marengo will be taking place in Alessandria, Italy. 300 re-enactors will be coming to the city from France, Belgium, Austria and the Czech Republic, taking on the uniforms of the Austrian army and the French troops under Napoleon and bringing the battle to life.
The re-enactment will take place at the Marengo museum, part of a series of events over two days commemorating the 217th anniversary of this historic battle, which took place on 14 June 1800. All the events surrounding the re-enactment can be accessed with a ticket costing five euros, valid for both Saturday and Sunday. The ticket also lets you get into the battlefield camp, the Marengo Museum and Museu Civico di Palazzo Cuttica.
The commemoration will start at 3pm on Saturday 10 with guided tours of the museum and the mock battle camps set up by the re-enactors. Afterwards there will be an aperitif at the Bar Marini in Alessandria, consisting of tastings of 10 local dishes (reservations can be made at by sending an email to email@example.com or via telephone on 349 7812640).
The first re-enactment will take place at 9pm followed by a concert at 9.30pm by the “BricconCelli” Ensemble. On Sunday 11, there will be more guided tours at 10am, followed by another re-enactment at 11am.
There will also be events for children, notably the treasure hunt entitled “Napoleon hides!” where children between the ages of 5 and 12 and their parents can search for five pictures in the area near the Pyramid and try to win prizes from the Marengo Museum. There will be refreshments afterwards with snacks available from the Centrale del Latte Alessadria e Asti.
More information on the exhibition of Napoleonic prints running alongside the re-enactment can be found here.