She had three elder sisters, Yolanda Countess Calvi de Bergolo, Giovanna Tsaritsa of Bulgarian, Mafalda Princess of Hesse, and a brother, Umberto.
Her husband was a brother of Zita, Empress of Austria, among many others.
Marie-Françoise's marriage marked the reconciliation between the former reigning family of Parma and the House of Savoy which had annexed the Duchy of Parma in 1859-1860 when the Kingdom of Italy was constituted in Savoy’s favour.
Marie-Françoise and her husband received the Mas Saint-Rémy from Victor-Emmanuel III as a wedding gift and settled there. This estate is located in the commune of Mandelieu-la-Napoule. Mandelieu-la-Napoule is part of the district of Grasse and therefore does not belong to the former county of Nice over which the House of Savoy reigned until 1860.
Her children are:
- Prince Guy of Bourbon-Parma (7 August 1940, Cannes – 10 March 1991, Paris) married Brigitte Peu-Duvallon on 11 November 1964, she wore the diamond tiara as wedding tiara!
- Prince Rémy of Bourbon-Parma (born 14 July 1942, Cannes) married firstly Laurence Dufresne d'Arganchy 10 February 1973; divorced 1983, with issue. He wed secondly Elisabeth Tardif 5 July 2003.
- Princess Chantal of Bourbon-Parma (born 24 November 1946, Cannes) married firstly Panayotis Skinas on 1 July 1977; divorced 1987, with issue. She wed secondly Francois-Henri Georges 24 September 1988
- Prince Jean of Bourbon-Parma (born 15 October 1961, Cannes) married Virginia Roatta 26 March 1988, with issue. Jean is the youngest grandchild of Robert I, Duke of Parma.
Königlicher Schmuck und Juwelen der Prinzessin Maria von Savoy Prinzessin Bourbon Parma| Hochzeit Trauung
Diamond Fleur de Lys Tiara Diadem |Princess Maria of Savoy | Royal Italy| Prince Louis of Bourbon-Parma Royal Wedding Present
Princess Adelaide Genoa Savoy Arsoli | Royal Jewels of Italy | Duchess of Genoa | Egalantine Diamond Tiara Diadem
Königlicher Schmuck und Juwelen der Herzogin von Genua Prinzessin Adelaide von Savoy Genua| Hochzeit Vermählung
Prinzessin Adelaide von Savoyen Genua| Egalantine Diamant Blüten Tiara Diadem |Musy| Hochzeit Vermählung
Eglantine Diamond Tiara | Princess Adelaide Genoa Savoy Arsoli | Royal Jewels of Italy| Musy| Duchess of Genoa
Royal and Imperial Jewels of Italy | Elena of Montenegro Queen of Italy | Diamond Ivy Leaf Stomacher Tiara Diadem
Princess Maria Pia Diadem |Princess Maria Gabriella Royal and Imperial Jewels of Italy | Diamond Ivy Leaf Stomacher Tiara Diadem
Diamonds | Royal and Imperial Crown Jewels of Bulgaria | Giovanna of Bulgaria | Diamond Ivy Leaf Tiara Diadem
Juwelen und Schmuck der Tsaritsa von Bulgarien | Queen Consort Margarita of Bulgaria | Diamond Ivy Leaf Tiara Diadem
Historische Perlen Brosche und Königlicher Schmuck der Prinzessin Nadeshda von Bulgarien | Herzogin von Württemberg| Kronjuwelen Frankreich
Diamond Pearl Tiara Duchess d'Aosta Maria Vittoria dal Pozza della Cisterna|Savoy Royal Jewels Italy |Royal Marriage Gift