What can be said about : Occhiatana (Balagne)

Nestled 330m above sea level, Occhiatana remains out of sight from the Reginu Valley, protected by Mount Pinzu Sordu, which rises to 1206m.

It’s built around a 17th century church ‘Santa Maria Assunta’, in an area of 1265 hectares.  Aerosocsica Occhiatano
The ‘Balantins’ call it the village of ‘the three fountains’ – Ortu Vivu, Ghian di Goni and U Canalellu. Between sea and mountains, its’ coastline is between the Algaja cove, whose boundaries on one side is an old Genoese tower in Saleccia, and on the other side the Genoese tower of Lozari – right at the foot of the mouth of the Reginu.
In 1876, Occhiatana housed 720 people, and the income of the inhabitants came from agriculture and handicrafts – just imagine over 1265 hectares of mulberry plantations, along with olive, almond, lemon and vineyards. The culture of silkworm also represented part of their income.

Farming played an important role in village life, with flocks of sheep and goats, and to this day, some families perpetuate this tradition handed down through the generations. In the 1900’s, the village possessed around fifteen artisans – mostly shoemakers. Interesting here to note, that there were also poets, artists and renowned sculptors.
If you pass by the cemetery, be sure to look out for a vault by the sculptor Damaso Maestracci, and also the pottery from Terra e Focu, which is located just behind the church in an old oil mill.
You will be welcomed with friendly faces and opened doors in this village, so remember to stop by there if you are in the region.

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