Category Culture

Meeting Rinatu Coti, a musical and linguistic experience


This was an experience I was truly looking forward to. Rinatu Coti, holds a world of knowledge and culture where both Corsican music and language merge and blend. President of an association, Filu d’Amparera in Ajaccio, where both cultures are provided to all, initiated around 10 years ago and growing constantly, where over 100 participants now immerse with attentiveness.

One could say here again, a passion being transmitted with energy and earnest. Collaborators having been Grégory doc Rossi and Migheli Raffaelli, who reintroduced an early instrument the ‘cetera’, (from the cither family), regaining a certain rebirth within Corsican music. These same instruments are produced here on the island, as there are three luthiers.
Also  amongst those who work closely alongside Ri...

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A traditional and tasteful gastronomy

Undeniably, there persists a traditional gastronomy on the islandmyrte - Alain le Magueresse

Generations have submitted a certain ‘savoir faire’ with pride and generosity, where variety and imagination continue to create, respecting traditions – in order to please just about everybody.  Beginning with what the island has to offer as local products: olive oil, meat, game, fish, dairy products, vegetables and fruits, chestnut flour, honey, pastries+desserts, liqueurs, beers and wine … among the most appreciated.  A significant example would be that of the wild boar, often prepared as a stew, but also served by the leg, without forgetting the delicious pâté. Subtle flavors and distinctive scents mingle and blend, offering innovative and unforgettable sensations...

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Daily life as an islander

La Parata (Gra Ziella)Living on an island

No matter what size this may entail does of course have its drawbacks, but also its’ advantages. The fact of being surrounded by water provides natural barriers and also protection – giving us a quieter environment to live in, to become more acquainted with and bathe in characteristic settings. With a current population of approximately 322.000 out of season, a certain privacy is appreciated, whereas during the summer months, within the height of the season, many islanders take this opportunity to withdraw to the multifold of villages where they may resume their vacational activities surrounded by family and friends.

On the other hand, there is the isolation – if you feel inclined to escape, you can only do so by air or by boat, which entails more of a trip rather than ...

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Winter Attractions

Back CameraThe island offers a wide panoply of attractions 

And when you consider its size you realise just how considerable these are effectively. Over the winter months, one can enjoy trips to Val d’Ese (1620m) and Ghisoni (1586m), if you look forward to and enjoy – the snow! Extended rows of mountains draped in white, literally glowing in the daily sun, will capture your attention and pleasure. Having recently returned from a short stay on the east coast, I was somewhat marvelled at the distinction between both sides of the island over the same period of time, when leaving the snow-topped west and arriving at the snowless east, just within a few hours – and here is a significant example of what you can expect from Corsica...

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Familiarizing with customs, beliefs and omens

u catenacciu via Stella CorseAs is normally so in a community

Composed of many villages and small towns, customs, traditions, beliefs and natural omens are certainly present throughout history and every day subsistence. It is not unusual to find large trees in front of churches, or to have heard shepherds speak on the flight of birds, measuring omens and hearing thunder and roars announcing forthcoming deaths. Superstitutions and religion mingle, and traditions very much alive, portray a definite desolation through the Corsican traditional music and polyphonic singing. Being a highly Christian island, pilgrimages, festivals and processions occupy a noted importance in daily life...

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