Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo

Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo (Maria Vittoria Carlotta Enrichetta; 9 August 1847 8 November 1876) was an Italian noblewoman and became the 6th Princess of La Cisterna after the death of her father.[1] Married to Prince Amadeo of Savoy, Duke of Aosta, second son of King Victor Emmanuel. In 1870 her husband became the King of Spain, making her Queen consort of Spain.

Princess Maria Vittoria
6th Princess of La Cisterna
Queen consort of Spain
Tenure16 November 1870 - 11 February 1873
Princess of La Cisterna
Tenure26 March 1864 - 8 November 1876
PredecessorPrince Carlo Emmanuele dal Pozzo
SuccessorPrince Emanuele Filiberto
Born(1847-08-09)9 August 1847
Paris, France
Died8 November 1876(1876-11-08) (aged 29)
Sanremo, Kingdom of Italy
SpousePrince Amedeo, Duke of Aosta
IssuePrince Emanuele Filiberto, Duke of Aosta
Prince Vittorio Emanuele, Count of Turin
Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi
Full name
Maria Vittoria Carlotta Enrichetta dal Pozzo
HousePozzo Family
FatherPrince Carlo Emmanuele dal Pozzo, 5th Prince of La Cisterna
MotherCountess Louise de Mérode-Westerloo

Early life

She was the eldest and only surviving child of Carlo Emmanuele dal Pozzo, 5th Prince of Cisterna and his wife, Countess Louise de Merode.[1] Upon the death of her father in 1864, she inherited his noble titles and thus became the Princess della Cisterna, Princess di Belriguardo, Marchioness di Voghera and Countess di Ponderano, among other titles, in her own right.


On 30 May 1867 in Turin, she married Prince Amadeo of Savoy, the Duke of Aosta and second son of King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy.[1] An urban legend circulates claiming that numerous tragedies befell the wedding of Maria Vittoria and the Duke of Aosta.[2]

Her husband was elected to occupy the Spanish Throne on 16 November 1870. She lived a discreet life in Spain, only involving herself in charity. Amadeo resigned from the position on 11 February 1873, after which he and Maria Vittoria returned to Italy. Her health was damaged by the trip and childbirth, and she died later the same year of tuberculosis in Sanremo.[3]


  1. Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, Duke of Aosta (13 January 1869 4 July 1931), Marshal of Italy, married to Princess Hélène of Orléans and had issue.
  2. Prince Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy, Count of Turin (24 November 1870 10 October 1946), died unmarried.
  3. Prince Luigi Amedeo of Savoy, Duke of the Abruzzi (29 January 1873 18 March 1933), Vice Admiral in the Italian Royal Navy, died unmarried.




  1. de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal. Coutant de Saisseval, Guy. ‘’Le Petit Gotha’’. Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery, Paris 2002, p. 612 (French) ISBN 2-9507974-3-1
  2. Death and the Wedding Party
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  4. Mediterranean Nobility
Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo
Pozzo Family
Born: 7 January 1787 Died: 26 March 1864
Italian royalty
Vacant Duchess of Aosta
2nd Creation

30 May 1867 - 8 November 1876
Italian nobility
Preceded by
Prince Carlo Emanuele dal Pozzo
6th Princess of La Cisterna
26 March 1864 - 8 November 1876
Succeeded by
Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy
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