Category Heritage

‘A Finzioni’ – the story of an apparition

vescovato-a-finzioniIt was one night, near an abandoned church, a bridge, a cemetery and where a stream passes, that a man who was returning home, suddenly saw a human form detaching itself from the shadows – identifying this person as someone he seemed to recognise, possibly even a relative. Approaching, he starts speaking to him, but receives no answer in reply.
 
It is a ‘finzione’ – an apparition, and more precisely a ‘double’ which is normally invisible from the man or woman identified – and this ‘double’ can only be seen by this person. If he is accompanied, his companion will be able to ‘see’ too, but under a certain condition – that he puts his foot on top of his (or hers).
 
The vision of a ‘finzione’ is the sign of an approaching death, for the person who is ‘seen’...
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Moments during Pasquale Paoli’s youth

His family was a family of sturdy peasants. A miller’s grandson, and with work, merit and reading, this self-taught man who was trained by his father, will become at a certain moment the most famous Corsican of his time.

Apparently, his mother died when he was very young
‘I never saw the eyes of a loving woman leaning over me’ 

As far as his childhood is concerned, from 1725-1735, we know only very little.
In 1735, Pasquale is ten years of age, and a character who will play a leading role in history, appears in Corsica – this person is Théodore de Neuhoff.
His father, Hyacinthe, became one of the three ‘Generals of the Corsican Nation’ (with Giafferi and Ceccaldi), which then became the main supporters of King Théodore...

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What’s the particularity of —–> LOZZI, L’ACQUALE ?

Beautiful isn’t it, with the snow in the background.          
Lozzi and Acquale are next to each other, with cobblestone streets and high frontage houses, and this is why I am in fact, relating more about Lozzi itself.
First of all, Lozzi is the highest village in Corsica, and one of the five towns belonging to the Niolu micro-region – part of what is called ‘cristalline Corsica’ (being originally made from volcanic rocks). Perched at 1044m, and in glacial surroundings, it benefits from being dominated by the highest peak of the island too – naming, the Monte Cintu (reaching 2706m).
 
An interesting detail which holds its weight, Lozzi is also known for poetry and a poetry festival that has been held there, with poets: Prete Gentili, Marcellu Acquaviva, Pampasgiolu, Peppu Flori.
 
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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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