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The Birth Place of Napoleon Bonaparte

Aug 17, 2007
Corsica is in the Tyrrhenian Sea in the western Mediterranean, south west of the French Riviera and west of the coast of Tuscany. French is the official language of Corsica, but a large number of Corsicans speak Corsican Corsu. It has no current legal status and French Government has yet to ratify the European minority language charter. A rugged, unspoilt region of France known as the scented isle, Corsica has a distinctive character moulded by centuries of invasion and occupation.

Most villages are set back from the sea, about 15 kilometres at the foot of the mountains or in the interior. They are generally built of granite and have many little streets with the houses close together. The farmed land is outside the village and is mainly given to grazing goats and sheep, cheese and wine production. The population is less than 100 people, though many grow much bigger in the summer when the holidaymakers and families returning to their ancestral homes.

The birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte who was born in Ajaccio, the capital of Corsicas southern department in 1769. The Mansion Bonaparte in the town is now a museum.

Cardinal Fesch requested the construction of the building that holds Musee Fesch. Following his death in Rome in 1839, he left more than 1000 works of art to his home town of Ajaccio. There are several collections here, both temporary and permanent. Among the permanent collection are pieces from the Neapolitan and Roman Baroque periods, as well as Napoleonic and early Italian pieces.

Local culture finds expression in handicrafts and folk music. The Tuscan influenced Corsican language is taught in the islands schools. The islands architectural features include Genoese fortresses, baroque churches and Watchtowers. Much of the population is concentrated in the main towns of Ajaccio and Bastia.

Tourism is an important part of the islands economy, but large stretches of the seaboard remain undeveloped.

Scuba Diving is best done on the rugged west coast or the south coast. Good dive centres are found in and around Calvi, Propriano and Bonifacio.

To relax and take in the night, try Place St Nicolas in Bastia, the quaint 19th century square is lined with cafes and hosts summer concerts. For a more lively night in the summertime, the numerous discos along the beaches can reach peak crowds at midnight, with dancing and drinking until dawn. In general, Corsicans are reserved and little cafes and bars are the most popular form of nightlife.
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