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Adventures Ashore: Corsican Villages

Today we’re visiting two Corsican villages. They’re high up in the hilltops; getting there is half the fun, so let’s get going.

Only 115 miles long at its longest and 52 miles wide at its widest, Corsica is famous for its stunning scenery. Corsica also boasts more than 600 miles of coastline and in excess of 200 beaches.

The island is also known for its charming villages. Have your camera handy as you stroll the narrow streets through some of the island’s most beautiful villages, such as the one we visited, Pigna. You’ll enjoy exploring the narrow streets and alleys. Duck into a church or find that perfect spot overlooking the valley and sea for a cool refreshment before moving on to the next village.

All tours visit the oldest inhabited village in Corsica; that’s San Antonino. It sits high up on a hilltop and is visible for miles around. With a history dating back to the 9th century, San Antonino was established because its hilltop location made for the perfect defensive site.

Before setting out to explore San Antonino, I stopped for a local refreshment that was recommended to me, a local lemonade.

Prepare to do some uphill walking to work your way along cobblestone streets and through vaulted passages into the heart of San Antonino. The village is a maze of narrow lanes that sometimes open up onto beautiful panoramic vistas, including the Church of the Annunciation dating back to the 11th century.

You’ll also have time to explore the city of Ile Rousse, where ships tender guests between ship and shore. Ile Rouse was developed in the 1700s to resemble the French Riviera, with palm trees and colorful buildings.

Take your time exploring Ile Rouse. Just make sure you’re back on board before the last tender.

I’m Ralph Grizzle, and I’ll see you in the next beautiful destination.


An avid traveler and an award-winning journalist, Ralph Grizzle produces articles, video and photos that are inspiring and informative, personal and passionate. A journalism graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ralph has specialized in travel writing for more than two decades. To read more cruise and port reviews by Ralph Grizzle, visit his website at www.avidcruiser.com.

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