Corsica

Corsica

Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily lie in the Mediterranean Sea off the west coast of Italy as stepping stones between Europe and Africa. Belonging to Italy and France, they are similar in character yet each has a distinct flavour of its own.

Corsica is a French owned island with a strong sense of identity and pride. A history of attack and settlement has done nothing to quench the fierce independence of the island, which fuses aspects of both France and Italy yet is Corsican in its own right. Even today, French road signs attract the attention of hot flying pieces of lead, so they have to be written in Corsican too. Corsica is beautiful, unspoilt and old-fashioned, and with its white sands, mountainous cliffs and transparent water, it is the perfect getaway destination. Although it is strongly influenced by France, it retains elements of Italian culture, music and cuisine. The island is filled with baroque churches, Genoese fortresses, fervent Catholic rituals including a festival celebrating a mountain pig and its own Tuscan-influenced language and cuisine. As Corsica is an island right in the middle of the Mediterranean it is constantly being attacked and settled upon. When this happens, historically everyone rushes to the mountains to their secret hideaway. Mountains cover a third of Corsica and hikers flock to the peaks and gorges in the valley of Restonica.

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