Corte – Corsica

Corte is a beautiful old town in the middle of the island of Corsica (France), built at confluence of the Restonica and Tavignana rivers, and enhanced by the mountain scenery that surrounds it.

Corte was once the capital of Corsica, and the city does still hold quite a grandiose air about it. In recent years Corte was in decline, but since the reopening of the city’s university in the ’80s it has gained hundreds of foreign students (lured in by its growing academic reputation) in a total population of less than 7,000, and helps ensure the town is lively for most of the year, with a cosmopolitan air, cafés and bars.

The most interesting monument in Corte is, of course, the fortress called The Citadel, built in 1419, with the Museum of Corsica.

Corte has two main squares. Place Gaffory, dedicated to protecteur de la Nation corse Jean-Pierre Gaffory, with the walls of nearby houses pock-marked with bullet holes, reputedly from Corsica’s war of independence, and Place Paoli, with the statue of Pascal Paoli, that is generally considered the founder of modern Corsica, having introduced democracy to the nation in the 18th century.

Corte was also the birthplace of Joseph Bonaparte, the eldest brother of the French Emperor Napoleon I, who made him King of Naples and Spain.

 

Gear:  Canon Eos 6D and Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM

Calvi – Corsica

Calvi is the biggest tourist city of the French island of Corsica.

Places of interest in Calvi are: the long beach of white sand, the harbourside with yachts and private cruisers and, of course, the old Citadel.

The Citadel is the main part of the town, and its most important historical monument. It was a military outpost that helped guard the city against foreign attacks. French Foreign Legion is today based in the citadel.

In the Citadel there are the remains of a house that, according to legend, to be the place where Christopher Columbus was born.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM and Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0 L USM

A trip in Corsica (Part #1)

This is first part of photos taken in a summer trip all around the Corsica Island.

Corsica is a large island in the Mediterranean sea referred as a “région” of France. It’s a nice place to stay e to visit.

In just a few hours, you can see the most glittering jewels of the island: the seascapes, with a veritable explosion of colours and fantastic scenery, the wonderful beaches with emerald waters, and the villages of Corsica, that are dotted with Genoese towers, prehistoric ruins and fortified bastions. Corsica history is engraved in the very stones of this unique island.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM and Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0 L USM