Learning more about the village of: Villanova

A very quaint little village, just outside of Ajaccio, with narrow roads colourfully lined with neat and singular houses (very often flowered), greeting you as you make your way through the winding streets.
Over the XI century, and more recently during the 80’s, dozens of gold coins from the Roman period would have been found, on the Villanova banks of the Gulf of Lava – the famous Lava treasure.
Furthermore, and according to legend, during the XIV century Bianca Maria (widow of the Lord of Lisa) and refugees from Lisa, would have first founded the village around a spring ‘murgana’, which is the actual village fountain there today.
Occupied by the Italians in 1942, a resistance network develops. On two occasions, the Casabianca submarine will secretly land on the shores.
Earlier in history...

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A few words on: The Regional Nature Reserve of Corsica

This reserve covers almost 40% of the island’s surface area, with an area of 365 000 hectares. One of the visible actions is the development of hiking activities, especially of benefit to the villages in the interior of the island. Classified for the first time in 1972, to be once again classified in 1999. With its rich and endangered natural and cultural heritage, it remains the subject of a concerted development project, based on the preservation and improvement of heritage carried out by all partners.

The project aims to protect and improve the natural, cultural and human heritage of its territory, by implementing an innovative policy of economic, social and cultural development, respectful of the environment.

Revitalisation of the rural area:
An essential approach is to ensure a new de...

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A few words on: The Chestnut Trail from Evisa to Aitone

 

This is a very pleasant and easy hike, count around 3h but you may wish to allow time for a picnic and swimming. A suitable outing for children too, the trail is marked with twelve informative and amusing signboards, about life within the chestnut grove villages. You’ll meet many animals that are free to roam around; pigs, cows, birds and sometimes even wild boars. The start of the trail is in the heart of the village of Evisa, just opposite the bar/restaurant ‘A Tramula’. The chestnut trail, which was a former transhumance path, will take you through the groves, bordered by some magnificent stone walls and pine forests, leading you to the waterfalls and natural pools of Aitone.

 

Source: Les Couleurs du Bout du Monde

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Choice of recipe: Corsican Vegetable Soup

There isn’t really a classic recipe for this type of soup, although you will find similar ones with basic choices. It’s a traditional recipe from the island, and following whatever family, friends and villagers had on hand, the soup could be made – vegetables, meat, pasta and rice remain the main ingredients.
It’s not difficult to prepare, and it remains a nutritious and tasty idea for the autumn and winter months ahead. So, keep it in mind.

Serves: 6

Ingredients:                                                                                  
– 2 onions
– 1 ripe tomato
– chard
– 2 leeks
– 2 carrots
– 1 celery stalk
– pancetta (bacon)
– 2 turnips
– 2 courgettes
– 5 or 6 potatoes
– 4oog red kidney) beans
– a handful of green beans
– basil
– salt/pepper

Preparation:
Fry some pancetta in ...

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Let’s visit ‘Piscia d’Ortola’ – one of our most beautiful waterfalls

Beautiful, isn’t it. The ‘Piscia d’Ortola’ waterfall can be reached from the village of Bastelica which is near Ese, this is around 1h walk with 385m of level difference. In distance, around 38k from Ajaccio, just to give you an idea. The round trip takes about 3h all in all, passing through mountainous and rustic countryside, leading to various sheep pens around this region.

This is really a lovely hike, at certain times through chestnut groves and the Volta irrigation canal, built in the XVIII century in order to divert part of the water to the village of Bastelica, a mountain village perched at around 800m.
This canal took its name from the river Volta, running into the Ortola waterfall, before flowing into the Prunelli river...

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