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  • 1 Musée Fesch Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    50 rue du Card.-Fesch

    Housed in the Palais Fesch, the construction of which started in 1827, this museum houses one of the largest collections of Italian paintings (Botticelli, Giovanni Bellini, Cosimo Tura, Titian etc) in France, as well as works from the French, Spanish..

  • 2 Parata point Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens


    A promontory of black granite, enclosing Ajaccio bay in the north, on top of which you will see Parata tower, built by the Genoese to protect the islands from barbarian attacks. At the edge of the point (which a path takes you to) you will be greeted..

  • 3 Blood Road Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    rte des Sanguinaires

    This road allows you to explore the «Corniche of Ajaccio» which flanks the North coast of the bay and is dotted with pleasant little beaches. As you leave Ajaccio, take note of the huge funerary chapels where Ajaccio families are laid to rest and sta..

  • 4 Îles Sanguinaires Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Îles Sanguinaires

    These islands of sombre red porphyry off the coast from the Pointe de la Parata stand guard at the entrance to the bay. Grand Sanguinaire is the farthest island from the bay and also the largest of the four islands which make up this archipelago. Enj..

  • 5 Ajaccio Bay Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens


    Ajaccio Bay is renowned for its pleasant shores, its serene atmosphere and its harmonious colours. The island's largest and deepest bay, it boasts numerous remarkable sites, scattered about the capital of Corse-du-Sud. Its northern bank, between the ..

  • Porticcio, is one of the most reputed seaside resorts on the south coast and well situated opposiste Ajaccio. Beyond Porticcio the coast has some lovely sandy coves (in particular the lovely beach of Mare e Sole) separated by rocky promontories toppe..

  • 7 Bonaparte House Interesting

    Museums and art

    Rue St-Charles

    Letizia square, a small square decorated with a bust of the king of Rome, lies just beyond the House where the emperor was born. The house has a very sober façade and is without decoration, save for the family arms. As you make your way from room to ..

  • 8 Napoleon Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Avenue Antoine-Serafini

    On the first floor of the town hall the baptism of Napoléon is told in Genoese, with paintings, portraits, statues of members of his family, and collections of coins and medals amounting to a display which fans and faithfuls of the leader will revel ..

  • 9 Grand Capo Beach Interesting

    Nature and gardens


    This beach is the people of Ajaccio's favourite. It has kept its wild look and attracts experienced surfers.

  • 10 Minaccia cove Interesting

    Nature and gardens


    This vast stretch of fine sand is surrounded by scraggy vegetation. There are two wild beaches, Petit Capo and Grand Capo.

  • 11 Hôtel Cuneo d'Ornano

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    3 Rue Notre-Dame

    A very sobre high façade and a door with abutments and a marble lintel surmounted by the Ornano family coat-of-arms.

  • 12 Rue Bonaparte

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rte Bonaparte

    This is the old carrughjudrittu (otherwise known as a straight road) which used to divide the town into two distinct quarters - the poor quarter Macello (Boucherie) in the North, and the middle class area in the South.

  • 13 Pozzo di Borgo Hotel

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    15 rte Bonaparte

    The monochrome ochre trompe-l'oeil which decorate these windows give the hotel a slight Italian palace feel ... whilst the monumental white marble door with its emblazoned gable adds solemnity.

  • 14 Rue du Cardinal Fesch

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. du Card.-Fesch

    This long shopping street crosses the old "Borgo". On the façade at no. 1, a plaque reminds you that Vincentella Perini, better known as Danielle Casanova, member of the French Resistance who died in Auschwitz, was born here on 9 Janvier 19..

  • 15 Prefecture

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    cours Napoléon

    The hall of the prefecture houses a Roman sarcophagus dating from the 3C AD

  • 16 Austerlitz Square

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. d'Austerlitz

    This square is dominated by the huge Napoleon monument with two eagles in front of him and an immense leaning stele evoking his victories. As for Napoleon he adopts the classic stance - it is a replica of the one in the Paris Cours d'honneur in Les I..

  • 17 Chapel of the Greeks

    Religious buildings

    pl. Emmanuel-Arène

    This modest, very sobre Baroque chapel serves as a reminder of the Greek community that settled in Ajaccio in 1731 before moving to Cargese. To the right of the square shaded by hackberry trees, alongside the building, is a path that leads to the sea..

  • 18 Marinella

    Nature and gardens


    Carpeted in white sand, Marinella beach is known to everyone thanks to Tino Rossi's song.

  • 19 General de Gaule Square

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Gén.-de-Gaulle

    This vast space connects the historical quarters with the newer ones being developed along the Route des Sanguinaires. The square, extended by a terrace, offers a fine view across Ajaccio Bay. At the centre is the bronze monument of Napoleon on horse..

  • 20 Citadel

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Spinola

    This citadel which dominates the town and port was built in the 16C. Today it is still a military building.

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