Corsica/Corse

Exploring Corsica/Corse with Camembear! Corsica is a territorial collectivity (collectivité territorial) by law. It is famous for the beautiful places for tourism and as the birthplace of Napoléon Bonaparte!


Let's start by looking at the capital of Corsica: Ajaccio.

1- The inhabitants of the commune are known as Ajacciens or Ajacciennes.

2- One of he most famous "Ajaccien" is Napoleon Bonaparte who was born in Ajaccio in 1769, and whose ancestral home, the Maison Bonaparte, is now a museum.

3- French is the first language on Corsica, however Corsican (Corsu) also exists and is taught in schools.

4- The main activities of the city (cinemas, bars, clubs etc.) are concentrated in the city centre on the Route des Sanguinaires (Road of the bloodthirsty).

5- Although the commune of Ajaccio has a large area (82.03 km2), only a small portion of this is urbanized.

Ajaccio

"La Corse" is often synonym of Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon's birthplace, a large and simple residence, is now a museum devoted to the Bonaparte family in Corsica.

He was born Napoleone di Buonaparte in Corsica to a relatively modest family of Italian ancestry from the minor nobility.

In his youth he was an outspoken Corsican nationalist and supported the state's independence from France. Like many Corsicans, Napoleon spoke and read Corsican (as his mother tongue) and Italian (as the official language of Corsica). He began learning French in school at age 10.

Later on in his life, he gallicized the spelling of his name, preferring Napoléon to his baptismal Napoleone. And, although he was later to speak with nostalgia about the scents of the Corsican countryside, he put the city of his birth fourth on the list of places he would like to be buried.

Napoléon

Here are some recipes for the cullinary delights of the region:

Tarte aux figues!

Fig trees are very present on the Corsican territory. Corsicans produce many home-made fruit preserves (confiture) and the fig preserve is a very popular choice (confitura di fichi in Corsican).

Canistrelli Biscuits!

The most traditional of all Corsican dry biscuits. You will find them in any shop. The biscuits are sort of a corsican shortbread cookies. Easy to make, egg-free, dairy-free and delicious!

Corsica is actually know as "l'Île de Beauté" for a good reason.

Corsica was formed about 250 million years ago with the uplift of a granite backbone on the western side. About 50 million years ago sedimentary rock was pressed against this granite, forming the schists of the eastern side. It is the most mountainous island in the Mediterranean, a "mountain in the sea" (Une montagne dans la mer).

It is also the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean, after Sicily, Sardinia and Cyprus.

Corse - l'Île de Beauté