Category Culture

A few words on: ‘Tragulinu’ and ‘Bancarotta’

The ‘tragulinu’ used to sell various types of food products and numerous objects: sieves, shovels, bellows, pipes, bells. One could hear him arriving from afar, announcing his arrival with the jingle of bells. And, there was always something found to buy, whilst he praised the quality of his products.
His goods fired the imagination of both young and elder. And then, there was also the ‘bancarottu’, who carried a small crate within which one could discover the haberdashery –  “Aio ! straglieri, cinque per un soldu ! achi, fili, ditali, rampile, acaroli ! ” He would open his rectangular box, filled with treasures and wrapped in cloth. All the women, children and youngsters would rush up – there were so many hidden treasures in this box.
Thread, needles, ribbons, mirrors, penknives, co...
Read More

What’s the particularity of —> ZONZA ?

Here, we are entering the heart of the Alta Rocca region. Zonza, is yet another one of our perched villages, at 750m above sea level.

Old granite houses built on blocks of rock will charm you undoubtedly, dominating the Asinao valley and in the middle of chestnut, pine and Holm oaks.
An interesting detail that holds its weight, Zonza has the highest hippodrome in Europe, with horse racing during the summer.                                                                          
If you’re wondering what the nearest beaches may be, Sainte-Lucie de Porto-Vecchio and Pinarello would be choices you’d certainly take pleasure in visiting – some of the most beautiful beaches on the island are around here.
You can also vi...
Read More

Dorothy Carrington ‘Lady Rose’ – Corsican in her heart

Born on June 6th, 1910 in North Cerney near Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Her family was dedicated to the Crown, and the profession of arms, and her grandfather was an eminent botanist belonging to the first scientific expedition to Tibet.
At the age of ten she became an orphan, after the disappearance of her father Sir Frederic Carrington in 1913, and her mother Susanna, in 1920. Also a General, her father had participated in African campaigns, which would result in the creation of the British Colony of Rhodesia.
In accordance with her mother’s testamentary wishes, she was sent to a girls boarding school, which also enabled her to free herself from the demanding tutelage of her uncles and aunts.
In 1928, she was admitted to the University of Oxford (Lady Margaret Hall), and out of the t...
Read More

Michel Solinas: Musician, Singer-Songwriter

Listening to Michel Solinas, otherwise known as ‘Ziu Micheli’ (a nickname that was given to him during his student days), would yet again plunge me into this musical world that surrounds us daily, and longs to reveal the personal and experienced sentiments which remain and still matter.
Native of the Taravu region, it was with a guitar, Natale Luciani and a group of friends, that Michel Solinas started playing music at the age of seventeen – this would entail polyphony and music from the seventies, which would slowly build and mould his musical world.
Following this, there would be many years of ‘silence’, within which he would give free flight to his thoughts on the essence of music itself – a personal compulsion and necessity.
He discovered his attraction to the violin, which was becom...
Read More

Charles Joseph Bonaparte, and the FBI

augustin-chiodetti-fbiCharles Joseph Bonaparte was born on June 9th 1851 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was an American politician and grandnephew of Napoleon I, and he died on June 28th, 1921 in the county of Baltimore. 

Son of Susan May Williams (1812-1881), daughter of a wealthy businessman from Baltimore, and Jérôme Napoleon Bonaparte (1805-1870). The latter being the son of Jérôme Bonaparte (the youngest brother of Emperor Napoleon I), and his first wife Elizabeth Patterson, whom he had married during a visit to New York in 1803.
After graduating from Harvard where he studied law, he worked as a lawyer in Baltimore and became a politician, reputed both locally and nationally.
Member of the Board of Indian Commissioners from 1902-1904, and President of the National Civil Service Reform League. 
In 1905, he ...
Read More