Learning more about the village of: Villanova

A very quaint little village, just outside of Ajaccio, with narrow roads colourfully lined with neat and singular houses (very often flowered), greeting you as you make your way through the winding streets.
Over the XI century, and more recently during the 80’s, dozens of gold coins from the Roman period would have been found, on the Villanova banks of the Gulf of Lava – the famous Lava treasure.
Furthermore, and according to legend, during the XIV century Bianca Maria (widow of the Lord of Lisa) and refugees from Lisa, would have first founded the village around a spring ‘murgana’, which is the actual village fountain there today.
Occupied by the Italians in 1942, a resistance network develops. On two occasions, the Casabianca submarine will secretly land on the shores.
Earlier in history, the village would appear on maps as on 1506. And, due to numerous raids, this village and others around it, suffered severely throughout history.
Flourishing today, and well worth a visit when you are around this area (i.e: one way would be if you’re taking the Calvi coast road, heading towards Tiuccia, Cargèse etc., just after leaving Ajaccio, you’ll easily see a signpost with Villanova on it – a suggestion for a short and delightful detour).

 

 

Image: Corsica Meia ©

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