THE ARCHITECTURE OF CORSICA, FRANCE
We took a trip to Corsica in the fall of 2018 to visit family. The architecture is delightful. Most of it is historic, but even the newer buildings are often built in the historic traditional style.
There are many small villages and a few towns on the island. Corsica was an Italian island until 1769, when it became a part of France. Napoleon Bonaparte was born in the town of Ajaccio and his ancestral home is a museum today.
Corsica is called Corse by the French today. In ancient times the Greeks had several names for the island including Corsis, Kalliste, Cirne' and Seirinoussai which means "of the Sirens"
The tallest mountains of any Mediterranean Island are found on Corsica. The highest peak is Monte Cinto which is 8,878 feet high. The island is 3,350 square miles and much of the center is dedicated to nature reserves known as Parc Naturel Regional de Corse.
The small ancient town of Bonifacio is on the southern tip of the island with a population just under 3000 people. There is a beautiful historic above ground cemetery on the cliffs above the sea.
The town of Porto - Vecchio has a population of around 12,000 people today. For years the Romans occupied this area but it was eventually abandoned because of the many malarial marshes which made living there very uncomfortable. Later the marshes were drained and today Porto-Vecchio is a popular tourist destination.
The island is beautiful and wild. It is renowned for hiking trails both in the mountains and near the sea.