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  • 1. Maison Bonaparte

    One of four national historic museums dedicated to Napoléon, the multilevel house where the emperor was born on August 15, 1769, contains memorabilia and paintings...Read More

  • 2. Musée des Beaux-Arts–Palais Fesch

    This internationally recognized museum houses one of the most important collections from the Napoleonic era; it's undoubtedly one of the most significant displays in France...Read More

  • 3. Bastion de l'Étendard

    From Place d'Armes at the city gate, enter the 13th-century Bastion de l'Étendard, where you can still see the system of weights and levers used...Read More

  • 4. Cathédrale Notre-Dame de L'Assomption

    The 16th-century Baroque cathedral where Napoléon was baptized sits at the end of Rue St-Charles. The interior is covered with trompe-l'oeil frescoes, and the high...Read More

  • 5. Cathédrale St-Jean-Baptiste

    The austere facade of the 13th-century Cathedral of John the Baptist is worth a visit to see its alabaster Renaissance baptismal font decorated with angel...Read More

  • 6. Cathédrale Ste-Marie

    A network of cobbled alleyways rambles across the citadel to the 15th-century Cathédrale Ste-Marie, one of the town's prettiest churches. Inside, classic Baroque style abounds...Read More

  • 7. Chapelle Impériale

    In the south wing of the Palais Fesch, the neo-Renaissance-style Imperial Chapel was built in 1857 by Napoléon's nephew, Napoléon III, to accommodate the tombs...Read More

  • 8. Chapelle Ste-Croix

    The sumptuous rococo style of the Chapelle Ste-Croix, behind the cathedral, makes it look more like a theater than a church. The chapel owes its...Read More

  • 9. Citadelle

    This Genoese citadel is perched on a rocky promontory at the tip of the bay. An inscription above the drawbridge—"Civitas calvi semper fidelis" (The citizens...Read More

  • 10. Citadelle

    One of six island fortifications of its kind, the Citadelle, a Vauban-style fortress (1769–78), is built around the original 15th-century bastion at the highest point...Read More

  • 11. Col de Bavella

    There's no better place to enjoy this region's raw, beautiful scenery than Col de Bavella, a mass of towering, rippling rock formations shaped like a...Read More

  • 12. Église de la Conception

    The 16th-century Église de la Conception occupies a cobblestone square. Step inside the Baroque portal to admire the church's ornate 18th-century interior, requiring a bright...Read More

  • 13. Eglise Sainte Marie Majeure

    The oldest structure in the city, the 12th-century church with buttresses attaching it to surrounding houses is located in the center of the citadel's maze...Read More

  • 14. Filitosa

    Corsica's largest grouping of megalithic menhir statues, Filitosa is reached via a stroll down a tree-lined path. You'll discover life-size stone figures of ancient warriors...Read More

  • 15. Gorges de la Restonica

    Put on your hiking boots—the Gorges de la Restonica make a spectacular day tour, 10 km (6 miles) southwest of Corte. At the top of...Read More

  • 16. Hôtel de Ville

    Ajaccio's town hall houses the Empire-style Napoleonic Grand Salon, which is hung with portraits of a long line of Bonapartes. Also here are a fine...Read More

  • 17. L'Oratoire Saint Jean Baptiste

    At the intersection of Rue du Roi-de-Rome and Rue St-Charles, you can visit the confrérie, or religious brotherhood, of St-Jean Baptiste. On June 24, the...Read More

  • 18. La Scala di Santa Regina

    The Stairway of the Holy Queen is one of Corsica's most spectacular roads—and one of the most difficult to navigate, especially in winter. About 20...Read More

  • 19. Marché Central

    For an authentic view of daily Corsican life, tour this wonderful open-air food market brimming with gastronomic delights. There is an array of local cheeses,...Read More

  • 20. Musée de Bastia

    The vaulted, colonnaded galleries of the Palais des Nobles Douzes house the Musée de Bastia. Don't miss the Casablanca, a French submarine used by the...Read More

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