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A New Horizon


[Ph. Desjobert]

The Discovery Pages offer you to get to know Corsica better through different themes: nature, history, culture, ...
The pages on the Discovery on Regions present all the region's attractions.


The richness of the corsican landscape makes every attempt to describe very difficult, because there are so many various splendours which come close together or become intermingled between marine blue sky and heavenly horizon ; such as the lofty peaks, valleys worthy of a legend, wild or harmonous gulfs, sheltered inlets, placid or wild beaches, cliffs sculpted by men and spindrift, hillsides cut out for vines and the olive tree...

It was during the tertiary era that the alpine system's shake-up had the genius for creating the fracture of a part of the old continent called tyrrhenide and raising it up, through the ages, for giving birth to this dazzingly beautiful isle which is now called Corsica..

Situated at the junction of the maritime roads leading from France to Italy and the East, and from Central Europe to Italy and Spain, Corsica with 8772 km2, 183 km long and 83 km wide and 1000 km of coasts, is the third largest isle of the Western Mediterranean and the highest too because it reaches its highest point at an altitude at 2710 km! 

Corsican Nature there is also :
  Lake of Nino

The History and the Arts

With its high mountain flood of water,the isle's varied History is mapped by men, among those men some Heroes still have, and always will have great respect.
Corsica has retained of its fascinating and complex past, not only an unusual personality but also the signs of the archaeological, artistic and cultural richness. The researchers, museum curators, teachers or simply the old wise men invite us to discover it in the History's Places of Interest, in the churches or at an ordinary alley's corner...
Genoese bridge

Corsica's history also includes:

Vendetta and Bandits d'honneur [Outlaws], or the Maure Symbol ..
Cap Corse Places of Interest

Historic Events: The Napoleonic Days of Ajaccio

The Variety and Pleasure of Food

The corsican table is garnished with tasty and flavoursome foodstuffs.
The Lonzu, the Coppa and the Figgatellu traditions are still honourned by the full-bodied wines which are served with fine pork dishes.
The Brucciu which is a goat cheese is served with brandy at the end of a stewed -boar meal or can be used for baking.
The Pulenta or the fritters bring us again to these culinary traditions where the chestnut tree and the olive tree take up a privileged place.
See also Flavours and Taste of Cap Corse

Culture and Traditions

Behind the solemn austerity and beyond the generally accepted ideas, you will discover rare qualities such as sobriety, bravery;close family virtues, faithfulness to friendship and word.

The language

The Corsican language is a roman language derived from the italian and late vulgar latin groups. The language underwent a Tuscan influence in the eleventh century and still to this day has kept this Dantesque influence.
It is hard to find a status for this language because the ancient oral corsican idiom still try to find its way in.


The main museums of Corsica present History and Archaeology but also are curators of Recent Art.

The Economy

" Isles have their own way to exist,
which strongly distinguishes it from the mainland.".
Jeanne Renucci

Corsica presents strong specialities with regards to demography and economy. The demographic evolution fortunately has been reversed for. During the first half of the century, Corsica actually lost more than the third of its population.
The corsican economy, which has been for a long time marked by agriculture and breeding, is now developing a strong tertiary industry : services for private individuals and for businesses.

Tourism, one of the main isle's industries.

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