The Genoese have profoundly affected Corsica. The history of this beautiful island is inevitably linked to this mighty empire whose culture has left indelible marks on the heritage, arts and culture of Corsica. Architecture is the best example. You can easily notice the Genovese window shutters sitting half-open as you walk down the street. I really enjoyed my walks through the streets, so sunny and full of warm colors ranging from orange to light pink. Napoleon Bonaparte is obviously very present in the city. He's a son of the country, and made Ajaccio the capital of Corsica, replacing Bastia. You can visit the house dedicated to the figure of Napoleon (his birthplace is now a museum). You can't miss Ajaccio Cathedral. It's a Renaissance style cathedral with a Greek cross, and is a very original salmon color. During my walk there, I met sailors (they are tons of them in Ajaccio), who reminded me of the city's maritime past.
The city of Porto Vecchio is known for many adventures in the past. It's a different place that the Genoese never got ahold of, unlike what happened with the other. But this was not because of the military forces, but because of disease. The city was constructed on a marsh and malaria spread in the city, which stopped the invaders to adapt to the environment. Of course that was only in the past and present Porto Vecchio hosts many tourists. It is one of the most popular destinations for the stars. The only thing typical about the Genoese empire are the windows that open from the bottom, the walls and bastions. The center of Porto-Vecchio has a particular charm ... Walking through its narrow streets is a pleasure! What stands out is the fact that most of the houses are not higher than the walls in which homes were constructed. Only the palace is higher: ia Roman palace, from the Savelli family, which is extremely important in Porto Vecchio! The heart of town has many surprises awaiting tourists who come to visit.
The ambience in L'Ile Rousse immediately captivated me. It's a small, charming coastal town on the northwest of Corsica. I was seduced by its tranquility and joie de vivre. Getting to know its history proved to be interesting. L'Ile Rousse was a small fishing village that was developed by a well-known figure in the area, Pascal Paoli. With the construction of a port, L'Ile Rousse had a new commercial peak, competing with Calvi. Today, the city lives on tourism rather than fishing. And therefore, in addition to the attractive beaches and the island of Pietra, the centre is more than welcoming! Wandering through numerous alleyways is very pleasant, and encouraged, as well as having a drink at the Paoli square shaded by trees or discovering the covered market, with its 21 columns from the 19th century. I'm glad I decided to wander around there for a few hours!
Siuated in the north of Corsica, between Bastia and the city of San Martino di Lota, the Corniche road has outstanding prospects to offer visitors. Walk a tortuous mountain, but it is a pleasure to get lost at the top, without ever losing view of the ocean or the mountains. I lost count of how many times we stopped to take pictures or simply to enjoy the view of the coast or city. This tour is the perfect chance to visit the surrounding towns. There are many villages scattered in the vicinity of the city, each with a singularity of rural Corsica! We arrived at the village of San Martino. We walked Bucolic and charming little streets for a while to see its flowery streets, whose natives are just as charming. A perfect place to enjoy the calmness of nature in a country atmosphere.
There are six or seven restaurants with terraces along the street, a charming place to have a pizza or enjoy a family dinner. There's also a 4-star hotel and a very nice bookstore. Narrow but charming.