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For a change: A Choice of Corsican Proverbs



A strada bedda un hè mai longa
– A clear path never seems long

A capù in ghio falanù ancù i botti
– Downhill, even the barrels roll

A donà sa duvè u diavolù mette a coda
– A woman knows the tricks of the devil

A barca di centu padroni piglia fondu
– The boat of a hundred captains, sinks

A chi combatte cu i zoppi diventa zoppu è rangu
– Who associates with the shaky – become so
A chi stanta, a chi ruzziga
– Some hoard, others waste


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A few words on: The Tower House of the Durazzo Family

A family of Corsican nobility, linked to the Saint George Institution 
– the Durazzo di Fozzano or Fozzani Durazzo, within which Michelangelo Durazzo di Fozzano was Count Della Rocca (1698-1773).
Often known as General Michel Durazzo, who was one of the most ardent supporters of the ephemeral King of Corsica: Théodore de Neuhof.
Son of Durazzo di Fozzano (1673-1751), born in Fozzano, south Corsica.
The latter received the first name Durazzo in tribute to the Governor of Corsica.
His two sons Michelangelo and Gianpaolo received their father’s name as their surname, as did all of their descendants, who abandoned Fozzano.
This family was listed in two internal wars that marked the 1830’s in the region:
– that of Fozzano, who opposed them to Colomba Carabelli, from which Mérimée drew forth Co...

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What’s the particularity of: Cristinacce

Situated right in the heart of the Regional Nature Reserve, Cristinacce overlooks the Gulf of Porto – a terraced village, with beautiful old granite houses, built in a mountainous and wooded environment. A traditional village with splendid views, and numerous trails for either short walks or hiking trails. 


The renovated parish church Santa Maria Assunta, has a stone bell tower dating back to the 19th century, and also has a series of side chapels with beautiful architectural altars...

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‘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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