Arno (department)

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Département de l'Arno
department of the First French Empire

Flag Coat of arms
Flag Coat of arms
Location of Arno
Administrative map of the Italian portion of the French Empire.
Capital Florence
 •  Annexion from the Kingdom of Etruria 25 May 1808
 •  Treaty of Paris 1814
 •  1812[1] 8,074.75 km2 (3,118 sq mi)
 •  1812[1] 584,475 
Density 72.4 /km2  (187.5 /sq mi)
Political subdivisions 4Arrondissements [1]

Arno was a department of the First French Empire in present-day Italy. It was named after the Arno river. It was formed in 1808, when the Kingdom of Etruria (formerly the Grand Duchy of Tuscany) was annexed directly to France. Its capital was Florence.

The department was disbanded after the defeat of Napoleon in 1814. At the Congress of Vienna, the Grand Duchy of Tuscany was restored to its previous Habsburg-Lorraine prince, Ferdinand III. Its territory is now divided between the Italian provinces of Florence, Prato, Arezzo, Pistoia and Forlì-Cesena.


The department was subdivided into the following arrondissements and cantons (situation in 1812):[1]

Its population in 1812 was 584,475, and its area was 807,475 hectares.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Almanach Impérial an bissextil MDCCCXII, p. 372-373, accessed in Gallica 24 July 2013 (French)

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