5 good reasons to go to Ajaccio
To see / do
Culture and history
A historical guardian
As the city’s iconic monument, the citadel’s imposing silhouette stands proudly in the urban landscape, right by the harbour. The edifice was erected in the 16th century and was expanded several times to face the many attacks coming from the sea. The citadel is currently owned by the army, so can only be visited during the Heritage Days.
An Imperial house
Napoleon’s childhood home is well worth a visit. For its decor of course, but also to get to know the Emperor’s family a bit better. The visit traces back through the Bonapartes’ history and their attachment to Corsica. Paintings, sculptures, furniture and tools depict family life during the 18th century.
In the name of art and science
Bequeathed by Cardinal Fesch - Napoleon’s uncle - the Fesch Palace encompasses an impressive collection of Corsican and Italian works. Art enthusiasts will immediately recognise Botticelli’s paintings. This Fine Arts museum offers an enthralling tour of Italy’s Baroque period.
The Foreigners’ quarter
During the 19th century, Ajaccio attracted a vast number of foreigners with its sunny weather and crystal-clear waters. Quite naturally, a few English speakers settled down in this new holiday destination. The Foreigners’ quarter is home to the Regional Hotel and Anglican Church.
Ajaccio is an effervescent city where art plays a key role. For an evening of surprises, book your seats at Scenina! This place aims to promote Corsican art and artists. Music, theatre, exhibitions - all you need to delve into the island’s pronounced and lively culture. Perfect for meeting some great people during your trip to Corsica.
Le Roi de Rome
Le Roi de Rome is a wine bar and restaurant located in the street with the same name, right near the Bonaparte House. The festivities all take place in a lovely arched stone room. Start your meal with some Corsican cured meats and wine, before enjoying typical dishes, cheeses and desserts.
This delicious dessert known as imbrucciata, or fiadone, originates from southern Corsica. This tart is topped with brocciu - a Corsican cheese - and flavoured with lemon. Imbrucciata looks and tastes somewhat like cheesecake, so is perfect for all those who love cheese-based desserts.
Corsicans absolutely love fritters. Not indulging in one would almost be a crime! Some of them, like the bastelle, are made with vegetables and others with fruit or fish - and are all spread out on market stalls or served in restaurants. Ajaccio’s speciality is the sea anemone fritter. Book your flight and taste the island’s unique specialities.
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