Category Heritage

Let’s learn a little more about: Lavasina

For the historian Xavier Poli, and according to Ptolemy, Lavasina was formerly called ‘Blesinum’. And, although it may have been built on an ancient coastal site, the current hamlet of Lavasina dates back to the XIX century – named A Vasina (La Vasina). The Franciscan monastery and the Notre-Dame-des-Grâces church, located on the coast 7k north of Bastia, are from this era – with the exception of the modern cement bell tower. And, until the middle of the last century, a medieval tower of defense stood on the rock of Castellacciu. This village existed already five centuries before our era – and to the north, the districts of Pietriconi and Causardo can be found. 

The Franciscan convent and the sanctuary of Our Lady of Lavasina stand in the centre of Lavasina...

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A few words on: Sant’Antonino – one of our oldest villages

We’re going up north to discover this gorgeous little village.

Situated on a summit at 500m of altitude, this village dates back to the IX century – the houses were built in a spiral movement, thus better defending themselves of attacks from the Moors. We can well understand the original function of this strategic village – which was to keep an eye on its fiefs, and to prevent enemy landings.
Between the sea and the mountains, it has been classified as one of the most beautiful villages. Ile Rousse and Calvi are nearby – around 13k from Ile Rousse and 21k from Calvi. It’s a village that’s well worth visiting, not only for its natural beauty, but also for its historical heritage.

Summer can be very dry here, but the winters are also temperate, because of the proximity of the sea...

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Eminent words from: Pasquale Paoli

‘More political combinations were attributed to me than I had. My system was very simple: to have general interests prevail over private interests, equality in all its forms was the basic principle, national honour and the improvement of everybody’s fate – purpose and result. These are the secrets of our government.’
Pasquale Paoli
Source: Storia di Corsica / Histoire de Corse
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What’s the particularity of —-> CASTIFAO ?

Castifao is located north of the island, just above the Tartagine forest and 2km from Moltifao – at 541m above sea level, also near the Regional Nature Reserve.
Since the Antiquity, this little village was famous for its honey and cereals, once called Castifago or Castifalo, becoming Castifao, which means ‘castle of honey’. Flax, silkworms, and the exploitation of mines and quarries were also very much part of daily occupations.
The village itself appears to have developed around an early populated site, as evidence of a prehistoric habitat was found at Roja or the megalith of ‘I Cuntratorri’.
What to note:
There’s a tower that dates back to 1595, fountains, churches, old ovens and a well known convent that became a historical monument in 1979 (whose church dates back to 1750) – the ...
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Introducing: The Senetosa Lighthouse

Built on Cape Senetosa, south of the Valinco Gulf (Propriano), in the district of Sartène. This lighthouse dates back to 1889, when the actual work began, being designed by an engineer named Zevaco. And, it would be on May 15th, 1892, that it would finally ‘light up’.
An original and isolated lighthouse, with two turrets of 15m in height framing the main building – which add to the remarkable shape of this lighthouse. The body of the building is made of stone, and each of the towers have a precise function; one for the white flashing light of a lantern, and the other with red screens serving to project an area towards dangerous directions. Originally fuelled with mineral oil, but this changed in 1906, when petroleum steam was adopted.
Then, in 1988, the Senetosa lighthouse became automa...
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