Monthly Archives June 2014

The Fornali Tower exposed ..

Storia di San FiurenzuBuilt at the end of the XVI century by the Genoese administration, and dominating the eponymous cave – today the actual base is about all that is left to be observed of this particular tower.
However, the locals withheld the tower, particularly for coastal surveillance and prevention of barbaric attacks, which could very often threaten the surroundings of Saint-Florent.
In 1763, during the War of Independence, Pasquale Paoli’s troops occupied the tower and captured a merchant ship, and this in spite of the intervention of two Genoese ships sent by the commander of the garrison, in the citadel. One can easily note the exceptional view over the Gulf of Saint-Florent, from the Fornali Tower.
Photo + text credit: Storia di San Fiurenzu ©
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What’s the particularity of —> NONZA ?

Village, heart-to-heart in just a few lines :

NONZA                                                                Nonza Bonifacio Tourisme

Nonza is a perfect example of several particularities – but, briefly, I will elaborate on three main ones:

1) Santa Ghjulia: (Saint Julie, patron saint of Corsica and native of Nonza) was martyrised there; legend has it she refused to be sacrificed, whereupon the Romans tortured her, cutting off and throwing her breasts against the rocks below the village. Two fountains would have immediately gushed from them. Her executioners became enraged, and tied her to a fig tree, leaving her to die in pain .. and a dove would have slipped out of her mouth at the moment of her death.

2) Nonza tower: a square ‘paoli...

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Let’s discover the Capense Islet

Also known as ‘Capuse’ Islet: detached from Cape Corsica by sea erosion, with an area of 2 ha and fortified in the 13th century. It was in 1268, due to lack of ships that Sinucello della Rocca had sieged the islet in vain, within which the refugees Avogari and their allies Da Mare had fled. In 1757, Pasquale Paoli established a shipyard. Nowadays, the remains of the Santa Maria Maddalena chapel is all there is left to see. Ile de Capense (Contes & Légendes Corse)

Key figures linked to the municipality


Saint Paul: Legend has it, that he would have gone through the village of Cannelle, after a forced stopover due to a storm.

Captain Pietri: descended from a very old Corsican family from Cannelle, having perished during his endeavours whilst taking the tower of Coscia, north of Macinaggio from the Genoese, in 1761.

The ...

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Finally, a visit to the Diving Club ‘Torra Plongée’ at Campomoro !

Campomoro Juin 2014 021 I finally decided to take myself to Campomoro, and for quite some time this idea had been making its determined way, so, whilst driving along, I was still wondering whether I had been there before or not. However, upon arrival, I realised if I had have visited this haven of peace, I would most certainly have remembered it. Leaving the main road on the way to Sartène, and in taking a small, windy, charming direction, one eventually arrives at what could be easily called an intoxicating niche. Here, I would point out the fact that there is a very interesting, shaded walk to a beautiful Genoese tower, to be noted if you intend visiting – finding time to do so will certainly be an attractive idea.

Now, what exactly brought me here ? Campomoro Juin 2014 014

For some time, I had wished to interview a scuba diving ...

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Let’s find out more about the ‘Cap Corse’

The towns of Cape Corsica are basically villages divided into hamlets; 183 can be counted. Barrettali for example, consists of 13 hamlets – Luri: 17 and Sisco: 19. ‘I paesoli’ (the small villages) as they are named in Corsican, are situated in valleys; depending on sun exposure, presence of water, force of winds and the importance of land suitable for cultivation. Some remain as such, others have been restored with taste.
Hameaux Contes et Legèndes Corses casas-hameaux

From Teghje to Sisco, Cocincu to Ersa, Cannelle to Centuri or Petricaghju to Barrettali; witness of character in traditional habitat can be observed.

This type of habitat is ecological before her time, thriving on available local materials; stones, slate (slate roof covering), and chestnuts for the framing and beams...

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