Why the Niolu region has interested and amazed more than one

At the west of Corte, the Niolu route begins. A mountainous region and ‘home of Corsican freedom’, according to Guy Maupassant – who also compares it to ‘an inaccessible citadel from where invaders could never ever drive out the mountain dwellers’. This area is covered with transhumance paths and shepherds, and has remained a land of legends with strong oral traditions, songs and poetic texts – whose main themes are the ‘vendette’ and the bandits.

In 1840, Prosper Mérimée (who was at that moment on a mission for historical monuments), collected several songs. Vocera di Niolu (a funeral lamentation from the Niolu) is one of these songs. The author of this song is a certain Maria Felice, nicknamed through posterity ‘the fiancée of the Niolu’.
Her story is as follows...

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Suite: Napoleon, Corsica and the Corsicans

Second account: Corsica will find itself at the centre of the French wars.

1793: The Bonaparte family leaves for Toulon. And there, Napoléon will join a French battalion, with mission to defend the boats in Toulon against the English. They set off searching for somewhere to stay, which will be Corsica. At the same time, Pasquale Paoli asks for protection from the English, against the French.
They will settle in Bastia (for less than two years), the ‘Anglo-Corsican’ period, which meant a territory belonging to the British Empire.
Sir Gilbert Elliot is viceroy in Bastia. His nomination makes Paoli leave for England in 1795. Elliot reigns with Charles André Pozzo di Borgo, his second in command.

1795: Napoléon is in Paris, and gets noticed when he reprimands a royalist insurrection, and he ...

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For a savoury change: Potato Croquettes with Brocciu

Over time, we’ve had several propositions for preparing and serving our ‘brocciu’, which remains very popular indeed. Here’s another quick little recipe that you can try out some time – as they say ‘variety is the spice of life’, so add this new one to your collection.

Bon appetitu !

Serves 4

Ingredients:

– 6 good sized potatoes
– 6 eggs
– a few leaves of fresh mint
– 200g brocciu (or cream cheese of your choice, if you’ve no alternative)
– pinch of nutmeg
– salt and pepper

Method:

Cook the unpeeled potatoes in the oven. As soon as they are cooked, peel and mash with a fork, adding the chopped mint leaves. Add the crushed brocciu. Blend in the butter, 3 egg yolks, a little nutmeg, salt and pepper. Knead the mixture well. Whip egg-whites to a light mousse, with a pinch of salt...

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Exchange of thought-provoking reflections with: Antoine Albertini – Journalist/Author

A shared pleasure, meeting Antoine once again, after having had the opportunity in the past, while participating in a debate relating to democracy and Catalonia, organised by the local television in Corsica. I would like to underline the fact that my intention here was not to direct this interview uniquely in the sense of Antoine’s most recent book ‘Les Invisibles’, but to notably determine the importance and impact it certainly holds, along with his personal views on several subjects which we will unfold, little by little, during our line of conversation.

Born and educated on the island and residing in Bastia, he furthered his studies in Paris at the Sorbonne University, and more specifically in financial press law...

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When the Sposata mountain reveals a legend, we listen to what it has to say

In the region of Vico, and just above the village of Murzo, a strange shaped mountain exists – called the Sposata.

Long ago, in this modest region of the ‘Deux Sorru’, a poor and helpless mother lived with her daughter, Maria, who was as beautiful as the day, but possessing a heart of stone. Whilst looking after their sheep in the mountains, Maria had only one thought in mind; to give up this life of misery – but, how ? It so happened, one day a handsome young man presenting himself to her as the Count of the Cinarca, came upon her way. Rapidly, he fell in love with the beautiful shepherdess, and very soon asked her to marry him – to which she answered positively, without any hesitation.

But, Maria was poor and ashamed of being so; in order to put together a dowry, she had no qualms in com...

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