Ajaccio The Imperial
The Tino Rossi Harbor
[Ph. Desjobert ]
An Evocation of Ajaccio ...
"... Monuments, avenues, squares, streets, museums, hill of the
Casone, the Imperator memory is present everywhere in its native town,
so much that Emile Bergerat could tell about Ajaccio that it is the
" memory of the great Corsican with houses around
Nevertheless, this city which fathered one of the big conquerators of
History is not agressive tempered.
It does not dominate the visitor but seduces him with its charms with,
in the same time a smiling nonchalance.
While Corsica was living drama after another, falling under the blows
of the invaders and rising to tear itself, Ajaccio led an almost quiet
life. Until its conquest by Sampiero
Corso in 1553, it was reserved to the Genoese.
Finally in 1592, Corsican set there. Ajaccio considerably grew in the
18th century and inherited the title of capital of Corsica. Then the city
grew. Men shaped it according to his needs and not only to his desires
Pierre Dominique describes it in Corsica with a powerful narration which
commands the imagination:
" The continental disappears into the old Ajaccio.
Dirty streets, teeming with children, with here and there, the smell of
hot bread or of the fat which fries, women showing their chest, all this
is not especially corsican, and it is the spectacle met in every harbor
with balconies loaded with hard of kids and sun, with rickety stairs to
where cling on large flags whose poles are made with big reeds.
"... Ajaccio has not the almost italian character
of Bastia, and it is far to be as particular as Bonifacio. Its aspect
itself has lost the primitive harshness, but it has remained very particular
with under the plane-trees, the barouches protected by big white parasols
and which, to the music of the small bells, wait for the customers, the
fountains are still much frequented by the people, by the dairy women
pulling their donkeys, the water merchants whose kegs are wrapped in ferns...
When all this will disappear, it will remain in this happy setting, made
of orange trees, aloes, prickly pears, olive tree which mingle with myrtles,
for the scrub surrounds the town, it will remain I say, a few favored
points, a few high places, a few objects of meditation and it will be
enough to hold back the foreigner...
"... Streets are full of sun. A merchant of water
passes - there are still some - in the hot hours, streets are empty. Good
for the foreigner to hurry in the middle of the lunch hour. Everyone knows
here, that there are some moments in the day where it is good to sleep
- and when we are destitue - , to sleep in the shade of a wall. We know,
here, the importance of the breeze of the morning and evening...
"... On the evening, all Ajaccio is outside and
the whole youth gathers on the Course. We have a walk, very precisely,
from the Premier-Consul to the Theatre, people going and coming, with
a quiet tread and nevertheless lofty, double flood which is only made
of strollers and above all, of young girls and young people, spanish flood,
from Seville or Castille, as we want, but I mean passionate."
This description of the imperial city remains topical, in a good many
aspects. But today it misses there this carefree attitude which permitted
to taste the charms of the Orient.
Extract of Terres de Corse Gabriel-Xavier
Holidays in Ajaccio - South Corsica
The Tino Rossi Harbor [Ph.
- Cultural Activities
- The Excursions around Ajaccio
- The Boat
- The road of the Sanguinaires Isles
The term give here rise to shivers. It is just yet used to describe
the color which flows on these isles when the sun sets.
The beauty of the spectacle has inspired nery authors who made its
The square tower, the semaphore and the lighthouse are well-known
by the sailors. Do we know that the ruins which snake on this arid
land are those of a leper- house where the sick were isolated for
a long time from the rest of the population ?
[ extract of Terres de Corse
- The Milelli
- The Chapel of the Greek
- The Beaches
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