What’s the particularity of —-> CASTIFAO ?

Castifao is located north of the island, just above the Tartagine forest and 2km from Moltifao – at 541m above sea level, also near the Regional Nature Reserve.
Since the Antiquity, this little village was famous for its honey and cereals, once called Castifago or Castifalo, becoming Castifao, which means ‘castle of honey’. Flax, silkworms, and the exploitation of mines and quarries were also very much part of daily occupations.
The village itself appears to have developed around an early populated site, as evidence of a prehistoric habitat was found at Roja or the megalith of ‘I Cuntratorri’.
What to note:
There’s a tower that dates back to 1595, fountains, churches, old ovens and a well known convent that became a historical monument in 1979 (whose church dates back to 1750) – the Convent of St Francescu di Caccia.
Because of its geographical situation (halfway between Balagne and the Cortenais), and thanks to the presence of the San Francescu di Caccia Convent, on its soil since 1510 – Castifau has always played a role in the history of the island. In the XVI century, Sampieru Corsu had a stronghold in the hamlet of ‘A Petrera’, not far from where he crushed General Doria’s troops on July 10th, 1564. Subsequently, Castifau became the capital of the pieve of Caccia, which included Moltifau, Ascu and for a while, Canavaghja. Of course, many visitors came this way throughout the years, including Pasquale Paoli, who held the famous Cunsulta di Caccia on April 22nd, 1755, laying down the foundations for the future Constitution of Independent Corsica.
A Genoese bridge ‘U Ponte’ (1498), going through the Tartagine, was at one stage the only crossing point at a place called ‘Piana’, before the recent (70’s) creation of a bridge, located further downstream.
Now, for those who take pleasure in visiting churches, there’s also the St Niculau church, built in the XII century with paintings and frescoes to admire, and an organ from the XVIII century (classified historical monument), accompanied by a few valuable objects – such as, a chalice offered by Napoléon III. Important to note, there is an active association for the conservation of this church.
Certainly a village with many cultural interests, which I believe will enchant and divert, if you are anywhere near there.
Source: castifao.com
Photo credit: Corsica Secreta da Ferdinand Simeoni ©

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