Monthly Archives January 2015

More on our fountains, and some interesting details ..

Vescovatu U Vis (fountains)Each municipality (Capicorsine) has a set of public fountains. The doyenne was listed in Olmeta di Capicorsu, it dates from 1393. Many others had been funded in the nineteenth century by the Capcorsins of America. Still remaining supplied, they are like in Luri, in the heart of a true network of irrigation for ditches, canals and ponds. Several have been restored, for example Brando Pietracorbara or Barrettali. They are part of the architectural capital of the village and have become ‘places of memory’.

These fountains define the ancient paths. With a trough built quite low to the ground, they once allowed to packsaddle animals, or draft animals to drink at the same time as the men did. The simplest are made of carved stone weir...
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What’s the particularity of —> CALINZANA (Calenzana) ?

Calenzana Balade en Corse 2
Situated in the Balagne area, and 275m above sea level and at the foot of Mount Grossu, in what is called ‘granite Corsica’, as red granite can be widely observed, adding to the tones of the surroundings. Historically speaking, the town is steeped in events and ruins, and in 1732, a Corsican nationalist uprising took place here against the Genoese rulers of that time – presently an excavation is being carried out. It also belongs to the Regional Natural Park. A menhir statue can be admired in the Santa Restituta church too.
In the mid-19th century, Prince Pierre Nap...
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What about skiing in Corsica ?

paris sur la C skiCorsica is especially famous for its’ wild coastline and turquoise water – but, it is also a land for fans of winter sports. It proposes three small ski resorts, Ghisoni, Val d’Eze and Vergio, which offer the possibility to ski from 1400m to 1870m, above sea level. A fourth station, Haut Asco, closed since 1991 following extensive damage caused by landslides, could reopen soon – this is certainly the will of several local officials who work in this direction. For several years, Corsica also has plans to create a new, larger station (like the stations of the Southern Alps) around Corte. The idea is to plant a resort proposing 30km of slopes, between 1550 and 2400m. 

It is usually possible to ski in Corsica from the months of December to April but the snowfall is often more important in Febr...

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The Castle of the Count of Frassu relates ..

Contes et Leg C Frasso villageAt the summit of the Frassu mountain which tops an altitude of 350m on a plateau overlooking the sea, stands a square tower –  the remains of the former castle of the Counts of Frassu, and for which (over a long time) the bishops of Ajaccio carried the title.

It is in 1126 that Count Polverello gave the bishops of Ajaccio his lands (Frassu and Agosto), who formed in the southeastern part of the Gulf, some of the richest possessions on the island.
In the deed, one reads: “Frassu e vassalli con stagno e acque, fiume, fiume, terre, casa sua, porto.”
The Count Polverello’s house was this square tower, still standing on granite rocks. The roof and floors have collapsed, but the stone walls trimmed with rare precision knew perfectly how to withstand the test of time...

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Water, the hub of life – at Orezza, the natural spring offers generous benefits

les-eaux-d-orezza Paris sur la Corse“Human nature is like water. It takes the shape of its container ..”
Water indeed gushes from the land of Corsica. And, one of the well known springs is that of Orezza, in the famous Castagniccia chestnut forest area.

So, what is the history of this water with such magical powers !

It was in 1866 that it was identified public interest by imperial decree – to thus be exploited by a few Corsican businessmen. As of the 18th century, Pasquale Paoli, (who gave Corsica its’ first Constitution and hero of independence), returned there every year to drink this acidulous water. Following this, in the next century, Orezza with the showers and massage tables was visited by clients from the mainland and the whole colonial empire – in order to treat malaria, nervous system disorders and diseases...
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