Things to see in Ajaccio in one day: the itinerary
- Published: 20 January 2015
- Category: Things to Do
You are involved in a tour along the west coast of Corsica. Or you want to visit Corsica’s most beautiful towns. In both cases, you only have one day, not so much time. But it will be enough, following this itinerary to visit Ajaccio in a day.
Ajaccio cathedral – The first place of worship in Ajaccio. A building in Mannerist style, characteristic for its ocher facade. Its plan is a Latin cross, with a small transept. Once entered, on the right , there is the marbled baptismal font where Napoleon Bonaparte was baptized.
House of Napoleon – It is in the ancient village of Ajaccio, maybe the most beautiful part of the town, near the cathedral. Here Napoleon was born and lived his early childhood. In his house, now a museum, you can admire the family portraits, antique furniture, fine tapestries, and objects used by Napoleon’s family in everyday life.
Imperial Chapel in Ajaccio – It is located within the Fesch Palace (where there is also the museum of the same name, which owns a rich collection of paintings and works of art). It was the mausoleum of Bonaparte family, although Napoleon’s tomb is located in Paris .
Ajaccio Citadel – From the imperial chapel, walking along the seafront, you get to the so called Molo della Cittadella (Citadel dock), from which you can admire the sea in the distance, and the gulf with boats moored not far from the seashore. The Citadel consists of a dungeon (the highest tower of the castle) and of walls, well preserved, which represent the remains of the fortification system in Ajaccio.
Napoleonic Museum in the municipal building of Ajaccio – The municipal building of Ajaccio is a beautiful building typical of the ‘30s . And inside it preserves the memory of Bonaparte family and the first French emperor.
Place Foch – It is located in the old town centre. Immediately recognizable by the statue of Napoleon, who stands at the center, is one of the most representative places of the town. In Place Foch there are a lot of bars, cafés and restaurants where you can taste the typical Corsican dishes.
Bloody Islands – If you still have a little time, they could be the last stop of this one day trip in Ajaccio. There are several boat excursions that leave for these islands, known for their castle on the highest point and the unspoiled nature. But, above all, from Ajaccio dock you can admire the Bloody Islands that are colored in red at dusk, one of the most beautiful natural views of the whole Corsica.
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