Monthly Archives March 2015

The Island’s Rivers : part 1

‘Fiume di Corsica’
Patrimoniu di Corsica rivers Strictly speaking, Corsica has no river; it is actually an inconsistent river ‘flow’. The multitude of these rivers have provided and still provide, the bulk of drinking water to the inhabitants of the island.

These rivers are naturally bordered with idyllic places, and where one can swim during the hot season. Their sources derive from the mountain ranges that cross from one side of the island to the other, and for the most part, from one of the high altitude lakes; each of them running in the direction of a determined slope, to the western Mediterranean or the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Now, listing from north to south and according to their place of arrival:

– Ostriconi, Figarella, Fango, Porto, Liamone, Gravona, Prunelli Taravo, Rizzanese Ortolo, flo...

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Belfiorito Castle, permitted the control of the flow of goods

Vescovato Bel Castle
Apparently, this castle permitted the control of the flow of goods, by the Lords – this was also an important source of income, and the surveillance of the mooring for the salt tax of Poraja, situated at the mouth of the Golo. In the 16th century, in a brief passage of the writings of a historian named Filippini, it was specified that the Lord of Belfiorito-Vescovato gave ‘the best land near the fortress’ to Sardinian exiles, so that they could set themselves up.

Under the church, and carved in the rock, a covered passage can be found ‘a loghja’. This passage led to the old stables, belonging to the monks at the western side of the village – which is today known as the ‘Piazza Paulaccia’...

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A detailed map of our villages, on the tip of the island: Cape Corsica

A few weeks ago, I shared a map of our towers; today in turn, we have an interesting map of our villages in Cape Corsica – with this visual, you should find it easier to locate certain you have heard about, or have a vague idea as to where they could be … so, keep it in mind, this could come in very useful, (click on image, to enlarge).


Elsass-Corsica Europe



Source: Elsàss-Corsica Europa ©

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A few words on: The Genoese Tower of Albo, in Ogliastru

tour-genoise-albo-ogliastroThe Genoese tower of Albo in Ogliastru is steeped in history.

Located on the eastern side of Cape Corsica, the tower of Albo (also known as the ‘Torra del Greco’, was built in 1562 in order to serve the protection of the Albo marina – with easy access, it allowed a privileged stopover.

It was built and rebuilt by villagers following barbarous attacks, which had ruined the village of Ogliastru several times: in 1559, 1563, 1588, 1613 and 1624.

The 1588 raid: In June 1588, the tower of Albo was once again the scene of bloody battles, after another attack by barbarous pirates, with a fleet of eleven galleys and under the command of Bey (Turkish title) of Algiers, Hassan Pasha.

The hamlet of Cugulu was destroyed, and almost 150 people were abducted and reduced to slavery...

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No. 30 : What’s the particularity of —-> CATERI ?

Cateri Balades en CorseVillage, heart-to-heart : CATERI

We haven’t had a village for a while, so, here we go with No. 30 already – but, with many more in line, of course.

Cateri is situated north of the island, around 17km from Calvi, in what is known as ‘crystalline Corsica’, consisting mainly of granite – and at a (maximum) altitude of 732m. Once again, a village that snuggles against the side of a mountain, and has been referred to as a ‘balcony’ village – as the view overlooking the Aregno plains is quite remarkable...

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