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About Corsica

Corsica is an island and region of France in the Mediterranean Sea, southeast of France and west of Italy. Corsica is also called Island of beauty. An animated island, past and present, Corsica "often conquered, never subdued" has been successively Pisan and Genovese and has been French since 1768. It enjoys a special constitutional status.

Most visitors come to Corsica in the summer months, and particularly in August, when the number of tourists double or triple from the already large populations in July. If you can only go to Corsica in August, planning ahead is essential, as hotels, campsites, car rental agencies, and ferries are all likely to be pre-booked. The diversity of its scenery, and its preservation from the aggressions of development and tourism, makes it one of the pearls of the Mediterranean sea.

Transportation

By Plane: There are four airports on the island: Ajaccio, Bastia, Calvi and Figari (next to Porto-Vecchio). There is unfortunately not much available for getting into the big cities from the airport, other than renting a car or hitching, though Bastia airport has an almost-every hour bus service to town for €8, except in the evening where the interval is bigger. The last bus leaves at 2245. Easyjet fly to Corsica from the UK.

By Boat: From France, the simplest and fastest solution is the NGV (High Speed Boat, Navire à Grande Vitesse): it takes 2:45 to 3:30 to go from Nice to Calvi, l'Ile-Rousse, Ajaccio and Bastia, and you can enjoy the view of the Corsican seashore and arrive practically downtown. It is also possible to take regular ferries from Marseille, Nice and Toulon. You can also get to Corsica from Italy, leaving Genoa, Livorno, Savona, Naples or Sardinia.

Calvi

Calvi, Haute-Corse is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.. The 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2ème REP) of the French Foreign Legion is based in the citadel of Calvi.

Calvi is located on the northwest coast of the island of Corsica, 95 km (59 mi) from Bastia and 24 km (15 mi) from L'Île-Rousse.

It is the fifth-largest commune in Corsica; however, the arrondissement is the smallest. Christopher Columbus supposedly came from Calvi, which at the time was part of the Genoese Empire.

Ajaccio

Ajaccio is capital city of Corsica.  It is also the largest settlement on the island. Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Ajaccio in 1769 in the Casa Buonaparte, which is now open to the public.

Ajaccio has a varied tourism potential, with both a cultural framework in the centre of the city and a natural heritage around the coves and beaches of the Mediterranean Sea, as well as the Natura 2000 reserve of the îles Sanguinaires. The town is the seat of a bishopric dating at least from the 7th century. It has tribunals of first instance and of commerce, training colleges, a communal college, a museum and a library; the three latter are established in the Palais Fesch, founded by Cardinal Fesch, who was born at Ajaccio in 1763.

Cuisine

Delicacies such as figatellu made with liver, coppa, ham, lonzu are made from Corsican pork. Characteristic among the cheeses is brocciu (similar to ricotta), which-when fresh-is used as ingredient in many dishes, from first courses (sturzapreti) to cakes (fiadone). Other cheeses, like casgiu merzu, casgiu veghju are made from goat or sheep milk.

Chestnuts are the main ingredient in the making of pulenta castagnina and cakes (falculelle). A variety of alcohol also exists ranging from aquavita (brandy), red and white Corsican wines (Vinu Corsu), muscat wine (plain or sparkling), and the famous "Cap Corse" apéritif produced by Mattei. The herbs which are part of Maquis (Corsican: machja) and the chestnuts and oak nuts of the Corsican forests are eaten by local animals, resulting in the noticeable taste in the food there.

Regions in France

Alsace Aquitaine Auvergne Basse-Normandie
Bourgogne Bretagne Centre Champagne-Ardenne
Corsica Franche-Comte French Polynesia Guadeloupe
Haute-Normandie Ile-de-France La Reunion Languedoc-Roussillon
Limousin Lorraine Midi-Pyrenees Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Other Pays de la Loire Picardie Poitou-Charentes
Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Rhone-Alpes

More locations within Corsica:

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  Sagone

Saint Antoine

Saint Florent

Saint Joseph

  Sainte Maria-Poggio

Sainte Marie Poggio

Sainte Trinite

Sainte-Lucie

  Sainte-Lucie de Porto-Vecchio

Sainte-Lucie-de-Tallano

Sainte-Marie

Sainte-Marie-Sicche

  Saliccia

Salice

Saliceto

Saltatoggiu

  Salvadilevo

Sampolo

San Antonio

San Ciprianu

  San Pancrazio

San-Benedette

San-Benedetto

San-Damiano

  San-Gavino

San-Gavino-di-Tenda

San-Nicolao

Sant'Antonino

  Santa Lucia

Santa Reparata

Santa-Lucia

Santa-Lucia-di-Mercurio

  Santa-Lucia-di-Moriani

Santa-Lucia-di-Tallano

Santa-Maria-Poggio

Santa-Maria-Siche

  Santa-Reparata

Santa-Reparata-di-Balagna

Santa-Reparata-di-Moriani

Santa-Severa

  Santo Pietro

Santo-Pietro

Santo-Pietro-di-Tenda

Santo-Pietro-di-Venaco

  Saparo

Sari

Sari-d'Orcino

Sari-di-Porto-Vecchio

 
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