Category Heritage

From the region of Castagniccia: The Legend of Porcafonu

Once upon a time in Castagniccia there was a pig named Porcafonu, because he knew how to speak. He was as handsome as .. a pig, and very intelligent !
He was a pig by his mother, and boar by his father.
One fine day in December, and very weary of seeing his brothers dying in atrocious suffering by the peasant’s blade (who were completely insensitive to the cries of their agony), he decided to hold a council, and gathered all the ‘porcs maestri’ from the neighbouring countryside.
Even their cousins the boars had been invited to this historical gathering.

“God, up there in the sky ignores our suffering and does not see the frenetic desire of these men who slay us even on Christmas day, when the infant Jesus is born ! They turn us into ‘figatelli, coppa and lonzu’...

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Let’s discover the particularity of: Moltifao

This village is situated in the micro-region of Caccia, up north of the island and within the limits of the Regional Nature Reserve – at a crossroads between Bastia, Calvi and Corte.
The first hamlet seemingly dates back to the XV century, and it was founded by the inhabitants of Sepula who used to produce flax, barley, wheat and cultivate the vines, and naturally rearing animals – leaving only ruins left to be viewed today. The houses were made of schist, with thick solid walls and small openings. Sepula was finally abandoned at the beginning of the XVIII century, and the exodus to Moltifao started in 1702, ending in 1707.

A very interesting suggestion for you is at the place known as Tizzarella, just at the entrance of the Asco gorges and where you can find a tortoise village ‘U Paese di...

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Retrospective on: The ‘Quartier des Etrangers’ in Ajaccio

                                                   

What is generally known as the ‘Quartier des Etrangers’ in Ajaccio remains even today, one of the most attractive and esthetic parts of the town. With the following account, I propose a retrospective of the birth of this international district, as the historical story behind the creation is indeed generous with thought-provoking ideas.
We will be travelling back in time to the birth of tourism in Corsica. And, rightfully so, you may wonder why choose this particular district.
After Napoléon’s death, and for various reasons, authors and artists start coming to Corsica – Balzac, Flaubert and Mérimée come to mind immediately.
Mérimée was an inspector of historical monuments...

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The Imperial Gendarmerie of Vescovato

Situated at the entrance of the village, it’s the high tower that can immediately be spotted. Offering a fine and yet distant point of view from this location and its surroundings: houses, convent, main road of access below and roads/lanes leading to nearby villages, forests and rivers.
Nothing escapes its surveillance.
Since July 31st, 1801, this Gendarmerie has been composed of 26 legions – within which one can count 1750 brigades and 750 on foot. It holds a certain importance in this region. And, on November 17th, 1804, this Gendarmerie became ‘Imperial’, by decision of his majesty the Emperor Napoleon 1st. 
When you arrive at the town hall, you can’t miss seeing it and feeling impressed by the height of its summit, that keeps an eye on the plains. 
It’s a strategic site.
It remains ...

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Let’s learn a little more about the village of: PIGNA

Such a delightful village. 
Pigna dates back to around 816, built by Consalvo Romano – the name appears to stem from the Genoese period when it was a well off agricultural region, and signifies ‘wheat millstone’. 
Now, over the years Pigna has become a leader culture-wise. In 1964, the Corsicada association was created in order to bring life back to past trades, and promote the handmade crafts: sculpture, musical instruments, jewellery, potters, engravers. Musicians and craftsmen continue to transmit – also possessing its own music school and auditorium built between 1998-2000, open all year round and maintaining life in this village. This is what you would call a very quaint, traditional village in the Balagne area – around 76km from Ajaccio, and 46km from Bastia.
However, if you are in...

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