MI VISIT TO AJACCIO:
Ajaccio , capital of Corsica, city well known for being the birthplace of Napoleon . From our balcony we could almost touch the palm trees adorning the harbor promenade. Bright and spectacular day that no doubt would make us even more enjoyable our stay in this beautiful city …
The ship docked at the same port, right in the center of Ajaccio . As we landed we could see some small boats and luxury yachts moored in the harbor.
As each time we reach a new port, we went to the tourist office which is located at the end of it, where we collect information for visiting the city.
Once we located out the port and turning left we walked a bit down the Quai de la Republique until the Place Foch , located in the old town. You can now enjoy a friendly atmosphere surrounded by palm trees, stalls with all kinds of products, cafes and restaurants.
At one end of the square you can see the Hotel de Ville , built in 1826, which contains items from Napoleon and family portraits, busts, and even a piece of his sarcophagus. We can also find pictures of the house where he died and model of the ship that brought her lifeless body on the island of St. Helena .
It was in this place where we took the tourist train with which recorreríamos for 45 minutes the sights of the city at a price of about 7 €, but also has other walk of about 90 minutes (10 €) that will take you to the Sanguinaries Iles . The archipelago Sanguinario , is located at the entrance of the Gulf of Ajaccio and consists of 4 blocks of rock of a dark red color. Its name comes from the purple color of the rock. There is located a Genoese tower of 1608. It is a hostile place where they find shelter several species of seabirds and a rather peculiar flora.
As another alternative you have the option of taking the bus tour that does more or less the same route.
During the tour of the city, the little train took us to the Plaza de Austerlitz , located in the upper area of the city, from where you can enjoy a beautiful view thereof. This square is located on a headland with steps down to the sides and inscriptions in the center, the monument of Napoleon replica of that is in the Hotel des Invalides in Paris . Two great eagles on the sides show the dates of birth and death of Napoleon .
Once the little train returned us to the Place Foch began our walking tour of the city. This time we entertained a good time in the square watching the numerous stalls with local produce and meats , which were installed there. It is worth staying in the square for a moment and get drunk with the scents and colors of food there exposed.
To the left of the Place Foch , leaving the port behind us, we take the Rue Bonaparte , finding a few steps left to the Rue Saint Shawls , where is located Maison Bonaparte , birthplace Napoleon today become museum (5 €).
We continue along the road until you reach Rue Forcioli-Conti , where is Cathedral of Ajaccio . This is a very sencillita cathedral, which was named Napoleon .
Next to the cathedral we stumbled upon the Citadel , walled area of the city, whose base is the Church of St. Erasmus , patron saint of fishermen. A model boats adorn the site.
We were already warned of Fame beaches of Ajaccio , so wearing our swimsuits and given the splendid and warm day it was, took the opportunity to have a swim at the beach of Saint Fraçois , next to the Citadel . There we met a large and beautiful beaches of fine sand and clear turquoise waters …
Once stifled the heat and soak in the freshness of our skin, we continue our journey through the city, heading towards the Plaza de Gaulle , where a statue of Napoleon accompanied by his 4 brothers ..
We continue our tour heading towards the commercial area of Ajaccio , meeting at No. 1 in the Cours Napoleon ‘s famous charcuterie U Stazzu where you can buy typical and delicious sausages in the area, without saying how it smelled there, ummmmm !! !!!!! .
Already in the Rue Cardinal Fesch we find plenty of shops, bars and restaurants near the end of it to the Fesch Palace . There is the Fesch Museum , which houses the second largest collection of Italian paintings in the world (6 €), after the Louvre in Paris , the Imperial Chapel , where the remains of the family of Napoleon in his private vault (2 €) and the Municipal Library , with unique ancient books in the world (free).
To finish my story you I have to say we were pleasantly surprised by this wonderful and clean city, which despite seeming small houses many attractions that you can not miss.
As I mentioned above along all enjoy crossing a good atmosphere and you find countless terraces, cafes and delis where you can give rest to your feet, bring typical food such as sausages, wines, cheeses, liqueurs etc … and complete the day its wonderful beaches. We were returning to the ship delighted with the feeling of having made the most of the day and the city ….
PLACES OF INTEREST:
- 1. Museum Fesch: Located in the Fesch Palace . Upon entering we find a flagstone patio and a central statue, donated by Cardinal Joseph Fesch (Primate of the Gauls and uncle of Napoleon ). The museum has a large collection of paintings, mostly Italian works. After the Louvre , you can be considered one of the largest collections of Italian art, with paintings from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century and featured artists such as Titian , Baciccio or Botticelli . Sculpture lovers will also find artistic elements, both inside and outside the museum. Open from October 1 to April 30 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 5:00 p.m., the other days of 12.00h 17.00hh and remains closed on Tuesdays. From 1 May to 30 September on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10.30am 18.00hh, the other days of 12.00h 18.00hh and remains closed on Tuesdays. The entrance fee is about 8 €. More information.
- 2. Imperial Chapel: Chapel in Latin cross, built by Napoleon III with funds from Cardinal Fesch and attention to the last will of this. White stones for its construction were used from Saint Florent , north Corsica . Except for the ashes of Napoleon , resting in Invalides in Paris , the rest of the nine members of the imperial family rest in the crypt of the chapel.
- 3. Municipal Library: Like the Fesch Museum , the Municipal Library is located in the Fesch Palace . Its construction began in 1801 on the initiative of Lucien Bonaparte and has an extraordinary reading room whose walls contain numerous works of art from the XV and XVII centuries SVI. Opening hours: Every day of the year of 14.00ha 09.00h 12:00 and 5:00 p.m., exceto weekends. Admission is free.
- 4. Plaza de Austerlitz: In this square we find the most emblematic monument of Ajaccio , a replica of the statue of Napoleon by Charles Émile Seurre at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris . It is located on top of a stepped pyramid, from where you can enjoy stunning views of Ajaccio . Two eagles on both sides of the steps represent the date and death of Napoleon (1769-1821).
- 5. Ajaccio Cathedral: The construction of the new cathedral of Ajaccio was completed in 1593 and dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary . It is a cathedral of modest size, having u n transept is hardly noticeable and three ships too short in relation to their height and width. However give great charm its seven side chapels, imposing dome and in particular, the beautiful ocher color of its baroque facade.
- 6. Napoleon House: The house of Napoleón Bonaparte , in which he was born on August 15, 1769, is located on rue Saint Charles , in the heart of the old city. It has been declared a historical monument and can be visited. Price: Adults 4 €, children 18 to 25 years 2.6 €, being gratuitapara those under 18 and the first Sunday of the month. More information.
- 7. Citadel: The Citadel of Ajaccio was built in four stages between 1492 and 1789 by the Genoese republic and has long played a defensive role in the city. It consists of six bastions and its shape is hexagonal. To access it you have to follow the beach of Saint François .
- 8. Church of San Erasmo: This sanctuary, consecrated in 1815, was under the patronage of St. Erasmus , patron saint of fishermen. It is decorated with models of ships and their former chapel Jesuit College has three beautiful Christs in processional cross, a statue of the saint to whom is dedicated and a set of layers and liturgical vestments use.
- 9. Place de Gaulle: Also known as the Plaza del Diamante , defining the separation between the old town and the new districts, offers a fantastic view over the Gulf of Ajaccio . I highlighted in this square the bronze statue of Napoleon dressed as a Roman on horseback, surrounded by pink granite statues of his brothers Louis , Joseph , Jerome and Lucio .
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Date Posted: January 14, 2014
I would like to apologize to my english speaking readers since this website was initially built in spanish language and after receiving numerous requests I have decided to translate it into English. This article have been translated automatically, so some meanings may not be completely correct, but I think it’s enough to share my experiences with my readers.