In the geographical center of Corsica, Corte was the chosen capital of the independence leader Pasqual Paoli from 1755-69, and today is the seat of the island’s university. In the Old Town is the 15th century citadel, housing the Museu di a Corsica. Its exhibits relate to traditional Corsican life and anthropology.
Just below the belvedere around Place Gaffory you can see several of the most interesting buildings in Corte, including the Church of the Annunciation and the oratory that dates from the 15th century (although the church has been substantially altered since), as well as the house where Charles Bonaparte, a fighter in the Corsica independence movement, once lived.
Opposite the church is a statue of Jean-Pierre Gaffory, a leader of the resistance movement in Corsica before Pascal Paoli, and behind the statue is the Maison Gaffory. It is said that the many holes in the facade of the Maison Gaffory are bullet holes remaining from an early battle for independence against the Genoese.
During your visit to Corte, do make sure you get out into the magnificent surroundings. There are numerous trails and scenic opportunities close that will enable you to explore the beautiful mountain countryside.
The most popular highlights are the two valleys to the south and west of Corte center:
the Gorges de la Restonica can be accessed by car, and provide access to the lovely walk up to Lake Melo and Lake Capitello
the Gorges du Tavignano can only be reached on foot but are also very scenic and provide various opportunities for river bathing
Note: There is no pre-set itinerary, your private guide will customize the tour to your wishes with the time allowed.