Republic of Noli

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Republic of Noli
Repubblica di Noli  (Italian)
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Location of the Republic of Noli
Capital Noli
Languages Latin, Italian
Religion Roman Catholic
Government Aristocratic oligarchic republic (City-state) Podestà
Historical era Middle Age, Renaissance, Early Modern Age
 •  City established
 •  Established 7 August 1192
 •  Decreee by Henry VI, Holy Roman Emperor 7 August 1192
 •  Annexation by Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy 2 December 1797
 •  18th century 4 km2 (1.5 sq mi)
 •  18th century est. 1,500 
     Density 375/km2 (971/sq mi)
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Marquisate of Finale
Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy
Today part of  Italy

The Republic of Noli was an Italian Maritime republic centered on the city of Noli that existed from 1192 to 1797.


Noli was founded in 1192, it survived for 605 years, before being annexed by Napoleon in 1797.[1]


Despite its small size, Noli's good shipyard and harbor allowed them to become a commercial power,[2] they had good trade relations with Genoa, as they only had to pay one penny to be allowed to trade in Genoa, whereas the Spanish had to pay 60 pennies to be allowed to trade.[3]


Noli's efficient shipyard allowed them to become somewhat of a naval power, despite their small size,[2] their alliance with Genoa afforded them much protection, especially as Genoa used Noli's port to shelter their ships.[4]

It is known that during a conflict with Savona, Noli sacked the town of Spotorno, which was owned by them, in 1227.[5]

Foreign relations[edit]

In 1202 Noli was threatened by Savona; in response to this Noli formed a confederation with the powerful Maritime Republic of Genoa.[4][1] Noli kept this alliance until they were dissolved in 1797.[2]


The flag of Noli was first created in the 13th century, with a white cross and a red background, the exact opposite of Genoa's flag. Many of the merchant ships of Noli chose to fly under the Genoese flag, as it commanded much more respect.[2]


In 1239 the Pope appointed a bishop to Noli.[6]



  1. ^ a b Facaros & Pauls 2006, p. 112.
  2. ^ a b c d Flag Institute.
  3. ^ Epstein 2001, p. 39.
  4. ^ a b Finley 2001, p. 120.
  5. ^ Whitehouse 2016, p. 201.
  6. ^ Whitehouse 2016, p. 202.


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